Oil on Board
9 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Signed (indistinctly) Lower Right
Born in Charlestown, Indiana April 8, 1852. Harvey Joiner showed artistic capability at an early age. The family moved to Blue Lick, west of Memphis, Indiana, when Joiner was young.
At the age of 16, Joiner worked on boats on the bayous of Louisiana, where he completed sketches of African-American culture. In the spring of 1874 he met a German portrait painter named Hoffman in St. Louis, and became his assistant and pupil. In later years Joiner became an itinerant painter. Returning to Indiana, Joiner married Helen Annette Cain and established a home in Port Fulton, and a studio in Louisville, KY.
Joiner was a prolific painter, completing more than 5,000 paintings by 1929. He concentrated on portraits for the first twenty years of his career. Later he became famous for his woodland scenes, especially of beech trees, and exhibited all over the world. It is known that he exhibited in a private gallery in Denmark in 1923.
Joiner's work is noted for its unique use of light and shadow, recalling the great French landscape artists of the 19th century.