Joe Baker is primarily a plein air landscape painter working in oils and pastels. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and 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.