Welcome To Cascadia

Artwork by Joel Barber

Joel Barber is a technician, striving to be expressive. Academic training and decades of creative DIY experimentation have provided him with a broad range of artistic disciplines including technical drawing and illustration, studio painting, printmaking, airbrush and masking. Joel thrives in the creation process, exploring the use of materials and methods of execution, while developing his own visual language.


"I'm intrigued by the balance between surface treatment and the content of the piece. I want evolved images that are both expressive and narrative."


Welcome To Cascadia is inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock prints, Science-Fiction, disaster dreams and volcanos of the Pacific Northwest. (Raptor birds perch quietly as Hood and St. Helens erupt.) Barber paints narrative moments with familiarity that pull from a broad visual spectrum, balancing gestural brush strokes and paint application, with contemporary influences such as urban design and graffiti art.


“At it’s simplest, I wanted to draw our volcanos exploding everywhere; however, it turned into a collection of serene and quiet scenes in the midst of destruction and cataclysmic events. I think subconscious metaphors work their way into everything.”

Interested in booking or purchasing?

Contact Me.

This series is acrylic paint on wood panel. It's worth noting that all visible woodgrain is paint, all images are rendered with no collage or actual visible wood. Some iridescent and metallic effects are not translated in photos. Please visit the pieces in person if you have the opportunity!

Joel Barber Welcome To Cascadia (Elk).jpg

Welcome To Cascadia (Elk), acrylic paint on wood, 32x48 inches

Would you like to see a diagram of the stencils used in the elk painting above? Click Here.

Joel Barber Blast Zone.jpg

Blast Zone, acrylic on wood, 18x12 inches

Joel Barber Elk Cairn.jpg

Elk (Cairn), acrylic on wood, 24x36 inches

Joel Barber Patina Owl.jpg

Patina Owl, acrylic on wood, 12x18 inches

Joel Barber Seekers (Dome).jpg

Seekers (Dome), acrylic on wood, 24x36 inches

Joel Barber Unkindness Of Ravens.jpg

Unkindness Of Ravens, acrylic on wood, 12x18 inches

Joel Barber Valley Dome.jpg

Valley Dome, acrylic on wood, 12x18 inches

Joel Barber Post-Seattle ReDux.jpg

Post-Seattle, acrylic on wood, 24x36

Joel Barber Blue Heron.jpg

Blue Heron, acrylic on wood, 12x18 inches

Joel Barber Cascades (3 Volcanos).jpg

Cascades (3 Volcanos), acrylic on wood, 36x24 inches

Joel Barber Dusk Ravens.jpg

Dusk Ravens, acrylic on wood, 12x18 inches

Welcome To Cascadia, acrylic paint and assemblage on wood, 36 x 24 inches

(Collaboration with Heather DeWitt)

This series is painted on mahogany wood panels, although all of the woodgrain pattern that you see is hand painted and often metallic or iridescent. I write about process on my blog.

Joel Barber Hunter.jpg

Hunter, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Joel Barber Migration.jpg

Migration, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

This piece features a dramatic iridescent color shift and metallic elements.

This series is influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. Read more about it on my blog.

Joel Barber Seekers.jpg

Seekers, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Joel Barber Alder Beetle.jpg

Alder Beetle, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Joel Barber PostSeattle.jpg

Post-Seattle, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Joel Barber A View Of Mt Fuji.jpg

A View Of Mount Fuji, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Joel Barber Mt. Hood (Dragon).jpg

Mt. Hood (Dragon Eruption), acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 40 inches

Joel Barber Mt. St. Helens (Dragon).jpg

Mt. Saint Helens (Dragon Eruption), acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 40 inches

Joel Barber The Bubble.jpg

The Bubble, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 24 inches

Joel Barber Blue Crane.jpg

Blue Crane, acrylic paint on wood, 12 x 18 inches

Joel Barber Glow Koi.jpg

Glow Koi, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 40 inches

(Collaboration with Natalie Oswald)

The Koi fish glows in the dark or black light.

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Owl, acrylic paint on wood, 12 x 12 inches

Joel Barber Vantage Point.jpg

Vantage Point, acrylic paint on wood, 16 x 30 inches

Joel Barber New Congress.jpg

New Congress, acrylic paint on wood, 12 x 18 inches

Joel Barber Cannon Beach.jpg

Cannon Beach, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 24 inches

Joel Barber Squid Vs Whale.jpg

Squid Versus Whale, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 24 inches

Joel Barber Cascadia.jpg

Cascadia, acrylic paint on wood, 24 x 18 inches

Joel Barber Watcher.jpg

Watcher, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 40 inches

Joel Barber Dome.jpg

Dome, acrylic paint on wood, 12 x 12 inches

Joel Barber Fire Crane.jpg

Fire Crane, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x24 inches

(Collaboration with Heidi Elise Wirz)

Joel Barber Undkindness.jpg

Unkindness, acrylic paint on wood, 12 x 12 inches

Joel Barber Shogun Showdown.jpg

Shogun Showdown, acrylic paint on wood, 16 x 30 inches

Joel Barber The Way.jpg

The Way, acrylic paint on wood, 18 x 18

(Collaboration with Jonathan Luczycki)

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The Cascadians, linoleum print on paper, 12 x12 inches

Limited handprinted edition of fifteen

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Owl, linoleum print on paper, 8 x 8 inches

Limited handprinted edition of 25

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Squid Vs. Whale, ink and acrylic paint on illustration board, 13 x 15 inches

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Cascadia Owl, linoleum print and acrylic paint on wood,

12 x 12 inches

Contact Info

For pricing or exhibition booking please email Joel Barber. Thank you for visiting!

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