Artist Harold Joe Waldrum

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© Charles Rushton
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From the Artists Series.

Waldrum taught music and art in the public schools of Kansas for sixteen years before acquiring a master's degree in art in 1970. In 1971, he moved to Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe and became a full-time artist.

In 1974, he moved to Worm, New Mexico, where in 1976, he killed a man in a gunfight. Three months later, he moved to New York City to escape the friends and brothers of the deceased. In 1979, he returned to New Mexico and took up residence in the Joseph Henry Sharp studio in Taos.

In 1980, Waldrum began to paint the adobe churches of Northern New Mexico. In 1990, he moved to a ranch on the east face of Ladron Mountain where he produced some of his finest work. In 1996, he moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Waldrum's method of multiple layers of paint began after he purchased paint in New York that was devoid of the aluminum filler in most acrylic paints. He had not expected the thinness of the paint and set about solving a problem rather than continuing his normal process of putting down paint. He's been quoted as saying, "My best methods have always come about because of the accommodations I've made with problems; my accidents have unremittingly pointed me to concepts I might never have considered. I am grateful to each and every one of them."

20 responses

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    Superb! Excellent character study with a wonderful back-story; bravo!

  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    An unusual "position" but very interesting. I like very much the thin line of the stick and the exprression of the artist. Well done

  • Keven Oswalt

    Keven Oswalt gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    Beautiful portrait!

  • María Irigoyen

    María Irigoyen gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    this is such a classic! i love it!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (18 Feb 2008):

    The white stick is a conductor's baton. Joe is quite eccentric. While I was photographing, he picked up the baton and said, out of no where, “I was, perhaps, a better conductor than a painter.” He continued to hold the baton, and I did not ask him to put it down.

  • raymond hutabarat

    raymond hutabarat said (18 Feb 2008):

    what a colorful life......btw, always luv your portrait photo....

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    Excellent portrait with an interesting story

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (18 Feb 2008):

    Great portrait Charles-I like the shadow play and the contrasts.

  • maria tizon

    maria tizon (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    What a perfect portrait. Nice work, Charles.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    One of my favourite portrait

  • Antonello Incagnone

    Antonello Incagnone   said (19 Feb 2008):

    great shot Charles, really great shot!

  • Emma Brahas

    Emma Brahas said (22 Feb 2008):

    wonderful work!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    Questa è magnifica Charles ( this is wonderful )

  • Zoltan Gabri

    Zoltan Gabri (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2008):

    beautiful portrait,great composition and light

  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark gave props (23 Apr 2008):

    Fantastic position and shapes.

  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (17 Jul 2008):

    Excellent portrait indeed.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    I'm glad I found this before time expired...and Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Oct 2017):

    Excellent portrait and the narrative also is interesting of the artist photographed! You got my vote!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (20 Oct 2017):

    Brilliant, voted!

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