Inspiration: Just One You

  • Instructors:
    Joel Grimes

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    In this class, Joel Grimes inspires and motivates you to discover the person that you are, and how this knowledge can impact your success as an artist.

    First, journey with Joel as he discusses what we all learned in preschool but somehow forgot on the road to adulthood – that each person is unique and one-of-a-kind, and that no one can be quite like you. You’ll love how Joel inspires and motivates, daring you to want more than just what you’re given – to aspire to greatness.

    But it’s not just about you; it’s also about your work as Joel teaches you how to build and define a body of work that is all you. Discuss your strengths, weaknesses and the time and effort it takes to really develop your talent. Finally, take all this introspection and motivation and discover how to breathe it into your work for results that really convey who you are and what you want to be. Anyone can blend in but a true artist finds a way to stand out – discover your way today!

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      • Joel Grimes


        In 1984, Joel graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. 

        For over 27 years, Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, AES, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism,  AT&T, Broncos, Comcast, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Kodak, Nikon, Pentax, Phillips 66, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Qwest, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, United Global, USA Boxing, Visa, Volvo, Xcel Energy, and most recently Red Bull.   Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.

        In 1990, Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation,’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produced an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum. 

        Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life: “There is no face on the planet that is the same, and my vision as an artist is to capture that individual uniqueness through the creative photographic process.” 

        Joel is also an ambassador for this process by teaching workshops and lectures across the country:  “I feel that by being an open book with my process I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create."  

        Joel currently has a photo studio located in Old Town Pasadena, California where he resides with his wife, Amy.  

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