Joe Baker is primarily a plein air landscape painter working in oils and pastels with occasional pieces in watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, prints and sculpture. Recent paintings exhibited include subjects from the Berkshires and other sections of New England, the Adirondacks, and travels to the Rockies. He is a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and has exhibited widely in national juried exhibitions; his paintings are held in private and corporate collections. Joe’s other occupations include computer programming and playing in a contradance band. Earlier, he was for many years an instrument-maker. His violins, violas da gamba, and hardanger fiddles are owned and played by musicians on three continents, as well as being included in university and museum collections. He has a BA in biology from Princeton University and worked for five years as a cowboy in Wyoming before moving to the Berkshires in 1974.