Joe Wise

811 E June Court

Cottonwood, AZ 86326



Joe’s music has been known and sung around the world since the mid 60’s. His four degrees are in Philosophy, Theology, Education, and Counseling and Guidance. For the first 22 years of his work life he wrote music, recorded it and performed it; gave lectures and conducted workshops, and facilitated retreats—in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.


Wise has been a resident of Arizona since 1995. Before that he lived 55 years in Louisville, KY where he offered a variety of workshops on writing and video story telling, including as facilitator with other artists at the Visual Artist Association and Bellarmine College where he worked with gifted children.

His painting career has included studies with many accomplished artists including Ed Hermann and Joe Fettingis.  His primary mentor is Dick Phillips. Joe is a member of the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition and juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society.  His paintings have received numerous awards and hang in corporate headquarters and private collections across the U.S.

He has written, produced and recorded 22 albums of music, published 3 books and scored a film.  He has worked for ten years teaching writing as a therapeutic tool in a treatment center for addictions and conducts retreats using the journal as a tool for spiritual awareness and clarity. Joe lives with his wife Maleita in the Sedona area of Northern Arizona.

Artist Statement:

I believe art is not how we express ourselves but that we express ourselves.

I drew till I was 12. I dropped out.  I began again at 52. All the things I liked about it were there:  the decompression of time, an easy gate to the contemplative state, a ready wedding of body/soul/mind, a threshold of wonder and gratitude for all that is around me as it takes on the aspect of subject, an invitation into intuitiveness and spontaneity, a mirror of my overall path in the world.  


It was / is fun, energizing, engaging. Adding color and paints turned all this up a tick. I have settled for now into water media.  I exclude no subject. I love to skate on the edge real and abstract. I am grateful for this way of losing and finding myself.  

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