Five Quick Questions: Joe Reardon

By Paige Roehrig on November 29, 2018

This week in our series, 5 Quick Questions, we’re getting to know photographer and Copley Artist Joe Reardon! Through our quick questions, we learned about his inspirations, the beginnings of his career and what he considers his most important tool for creating his beautiful photographs.

Joe Reardon, Rest a Spell, photography, 12” x 16”

Question 1: When did you decide that you wanted to be an artist?

When I was 16 my dad gave me a 35-mm camera that he had won at a local tavern in Brighton, MA. After I saw my first prints I was hooked and knew what I wanted to be and do with my life. It’s been a great ride.


Question 2: What inspires your artwork?

I draw my inspiration from a lot of sources in life. I try to project a feeling of childlike awe in my imagery. I’m drawn more to artists that paint vs. photograph. I’m very drawn to many of the Copley painters that present realism in their work.

Joe Reardon, Pitcher, photography, 12” x 16”

Question 3: If you could collaborate with any artist (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

I’ve been fortunate in my early career as a US Naval photographer to have been mentored by some of best in the business. I’m especially grateful to have been mentored by W Joseph Dupuis. Joe was a US Naval combat cameraman who saw [a] potential [in me]… and took me under his wing and helped me grow as an artist.


Question 4: What does your art say about you?

My art reveals about me my quest to show a sense of wonder in all that surrounds us!


Question 5: What do you consider your most important tool when it comes to making art?

My most important tool in my creative process is an ability to isolate the correct compositional elements in a scene that will reveal its voice.

Joe Reardon, Nana, photography, 12” x 16”


You can currently see Joe’s work in our Holiday Small Works, show until December 23rd!