Joe F. Buriel, Painter & Weaver
From an early age, Joe has always been interested in some form of artistic expression. As a child he made use of material from his father's landscape gardening business in California to create small scale garden scenes using mainly succulents. Some of these were sold at the annual church bazaars. Later he received encouragement from his aunt who taught him to crochet. Receiving no visual art training during elementary or high school, he had to wait until years later to take rudimentary drawing and painting classes at such venues as the Art & Learning Center at the University of Maryland, the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD and Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. In the visual arts, his favorite medium has been oil and his favorite subjects landscapes and still lifes.
His fiber art training continued with 4-shaft weaving classes at Springwater Fiber Workshop in Alexandria, VA. Besides weaving, he also learned to knit at this school. He maintains a home studio for his fiber art and visual art projects. He uses his home garden to provide an outlet for his botanical and landscaping interests. He has also helped in designing local public gardens in his home town of Hyattsville, MD. He continues to take visual art classes and to experiment with ways to use fibers creatively.
JOE F. BURIEL