Joe Velázquez has been painting the legacy of the American fur trade for more than 40 years. His subject matter often depicts the Canadian voyageur, the American Indian, and the fur trappers -- or as they are referred to, the “mountain men”.
Commenting on his goal as a painter and his philosophy of art, Velázquez says, “I am not happy simply replicating a photograph in paint. I don’t believe this is art. The great old master painter, Harvey Dunn eloquently summed it up – ‘Paint a little less of the facts and a little more of the spirit’. I hope I have given my work the soul and spirit Mr. Dunn spoke of”.