Reprint of The Secret Life of Pears


I’m going to produce a second printing of my book, The Secret Life of Pears. I’ll have details about size and; price + shipping soon.

This is a review of the sold out series

by Sirrus Poe (VLQ Fiction Editor)

Ah, the ability of an artist to tell us a story with the delicate movement of the bristles of his brush. There is such a thing as not having to say anything to get your idea across, a strange concept for those of us who use words to form lines of poetry, or sentences to help push along a story. Joe LaCorte does this with precision and skill with this collection of oils that portray the human condition through the ability of giving life to inanimate objects such as the pear.

The pears here are of different shapes, colors, and movement and in these human characteristics give the person taking in these works a chance to step back and contemplate the life contained. Not the actual life of these pears, but of our own life and the way we interact with one another. We are able to see the reflection of ourselves and those around us within these brush strokes, and it is not always a picture of perfection. As life shows us each day, through day to day headaches, to war, to lost love and ridicule these pears attempt to let us stop for a moment and consider what choices we make in our own lives.

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Art in the Mayor’s Office

My Painting, Coming Storm was chosen for Art in the Mayors office along with seven other artists. I hope to see everyone at City Hall this 1ST Thursday 5 to 6pm.

Mayor Helene Schneider and the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative would like to thank everyone who submitted work for Art in the Mayor’s Office. We’d also like to announce and congratulate the artists who were selected for this exhibition.

Tami Snow

Joseph LaCorte

Ronald Williams

Pausha Foley

Maureen Murdock

Kyle Allan

Kevin Gleason

Kit Boise-Cossart

Please join us all at the show’s opening and meet the Mayor this 1st Thursday September 3rd from 5pm to 6pm on the 2nd floor of City Hall.



Table For One

I was listening to music and the song “One is the loneliest number” by 3 Dog Night came on. I happen to have taken a photo reference of a table with one place setting. I’ve asked for a table for one many times.

Oil on canvas

Table For One

The Moon, Venus and Mars

The Moon, Venus and Mars
8×10″ Oil 0n canvas
This is one one of our recent supermoons. The view is above Ledbetter Beach looking towards the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara.

The Moon, Venus and Mars

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