Joel Popadics' paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States, including the National Academy of Art and Design in New York; the Bergen Museum of Art and Science in Paramus, NJ; Art of the Sea Galleries in Rockland, Maine; the Place St. Charles Gallery in New Orleans; and the San Francisco Academy of Art in San Francisco.

In addition, his work is in public and private collections, including those of the Art for Healing Program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ; the Hamilton House Museum in Clifton, NJ; The Ridgewood Art Institute Permanent Collection and the United Methodist Church in Ridgewood, NJ. His artwork has raised money for charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Table-to-Table Food Bank Network and the LAM Foundation.

Mr. Popadics is the recipient of numerous national awards. He has received the Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association; the Silver Medal of Honor from the New Jersey Watercolor Society; and the Grumbacher Gold Medal from the California Watercolor Association. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and an elected member of five art organizations. He has been featured many times in AMERICAN ARTIST and THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINES.

Mr. Popadics is a Past-President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He is an executive board member and the education director of the Ridgewood Art Institute where he also teaches painting and drawing to adults and children. During the summer, he leads outdoor painting workshops to various locations in the United States and Europe. He has been a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design and The King's College in New York City.

Joel Popadics was born in Passaic County, NJ in 1961. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has also studied painting with Arthur F. Maynard and John Phillip Osborne. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two children.




My formal art training was in oil painting and while I appreciate all that I learned about oils, I love the look and essence of watercolor. When I work with watercolor, I am reminded how unpredictable life is and to always expect the unexpected. I like the feel of a handmade sheet of paper; the cotton fiber surface is slightly irregular and it is surprisingly heavy. Before I start a picture, I know a small spot somewhere on it will be left untouched, unpainted and reserved for my highest value. When I look at a blank sheet, I often ponder where that preserved white will occur.

Many special moments in my life have involved the outdoors and I've spent countless hours in front of my easel witnessing nature's temperamental moods. Observing rapidly shifting shadow patterns and changing skies evoke so many feelings within me, including a desire to capture what I see in paint. My pictures are first and foremost about light; whether it is the reddish glow of a morning sunrise; the bright, golden sunshine of afternoon; or the subtle cool blue radiance of an overcast day. When people view my work, I'd like them to have an emotional reaction. I want them to say, "I've seen that sky before or I can feel the chill in the winter air." 

I am a self-confessed follower of fog. I love to paint haze, mist and all sorts of atmospheric effects. Many landscape painters load detail into their art, thinking that somehow it will make their paintings more realistic. For me, less is more, and nothing obscures detail better than fog. It is very satisfying for me to get the feeling of air into a picture with an economy of brushstroke.



Solo Shows
2013 "Watercolors Filled with Light, Atmosphere & Weather; Recent Watercolors by Joel Popadics," North Tahoe Art Center, Tahoe City, CA 
2012 "A Celebration of Light, an Exhibition of Original Watercolors by Joel Popadics," Art for Healing Gallery at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Plainsboro, NJ
2009 "Recent Watercolors," Ridgewood Public Library Galleries, Ridgewood, NJ
2008 "Musing Around," Latour French American Grill, Ridgewood, NJ
2006 "Parloff Home Benefit Concerts," Ridgewood, NJ
2003 "Coastal New England, The Watercolors of Joel Popadics," Art of the Sea Galleries, Rockland, ME
2003 "Plein Air," Berlex Corporate Galleries, Wayne, NJ, Curated by Mariana Maldonaldo
2001 "Recent Traditional Watercolors," The Montgomery Cultural Center -1860 House, Skillman, NJ
1998 "Landscapes," The Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Paramus, NJ, Curated by David Messer

Selected Exhibitions
2013 "Living Color - The Watercolorists," Bryan Memorial Gallery
, Jeffersonville, VT
2013 "A Gathering of Marine Masters," Art of the Sea Galleries, South Thomaston, ME
08 "Summer Invitational Show," Peter McPhee Fine Art Galleries, Stone Harbor, NJ
2004 "An Artful Evening of Wishes 2004," A Benefit for the Make a Wish Foundation at Wachovia Corporation, Short Hills, NJ
2001 "Lighthouse Impressions," Hamilton House Museum, Clifton, NJ, Curated by Gen Generilli
2000 "Best of the Best," Visual Arts Museum at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY
1999 "Joel Popadics & His Students," The Ridgewood Art Institute Galleries, Ridgewood, NJ
1999 "More Artistic License," Nabisco Galleries, East Hanover, NJ, Curated by Nancy Chandor and Lea Angell

Awards and Honors
2013 "Silver Medal of Honor," Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the New Jersey Watercolor Society
2013 "The Sidney Friedlander Award," Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors
2007 "Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award," Annual Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association
2002 "Best-in Show," The Mary S. Lawrence Founders Award, Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the New Jersey Watercolor Society
2001 "The Grumbacher Gold Medal," California Watercolor Association National Exhibition
2001 "Merit Award," Louisiana Watercolor Society 31st International Exhibition

The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Plainsboro, NJ
The Ridgewood Art Institute Permanent Collection, Ridgewood NJ
The Hamilton House Museum, Clifton, NJ
United Methodist Church, Ridgewood, NJ
Henry Anitole Grunwald (Private Collection), former Editor-In-Chief, Time, Inc.

Joel Popadics, "Create Your Own Solutions to Painting Challenges," The Complete Painter's Handbook, July 2012
Joel Popadics, "Making a Warming Palette to Paint Watercolors in the Winter," American Artist Magazine, February 2009

Debra Anderson, "Art in the Everyday," Ridgewood Magazine, December 2005
Louise Hafesh, "Splashes of Color, The Spontaneous Splendor of Watercolor Painting," (201) Magazine, July 2005
Marie Maber, "A Watercolor Wonderland at the Monmouth Museum," Asbury Park Press, October, 2004
M. Stephen Doherty, "A Prismatic Palette," American Artist Magazine, July 2004
Joel Popadics, "Mood Lighting," The Artist's Magazine, June 2004
Joel Popadics, "Summer, the Season of Light," The Artist's Magazine, March 2003
Joel Popadics, "In Search of the Perfect Scene," The Artist's Magazine, June 2000
Joel Popadics, "Getting the Greens Right," The Artist's Magazine, July 1998

Teaching & Professional Experience
July 1991 - Present

Watercolor Instructor, Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ

September 1995 - Present
Watercolor Instructor, Ridgewood Adult Community School, Ridgewood, NJ

July 1996 - Present
Watercolor Workshop Instructor - On location in Ireland and various locations in New England, New York and New Jersey

January 1987 - Present
Fine Artist, Traditional landscape, portrait and still life 

August 1984 - 1995
Freelance Illustrator, Numerious clients in publishing, graphic design and advertising

September 1983 - March 1988
Assistant to Watercolorist, James McMullan

1983 - BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY