"I consider myself primarily a Plein Air painter. I also work in my studio composingpieces from photos I have taken. I use color with strong intense hues, rather than tediously trying to capture surface tones. I am fluid and expressive with my brush work, trying to impact a directness and immediacy of expression."At nine, Joseph Rotella began creating art. He was recognized for his artistic ability, and studied at the Brooklyn Museum. Encouraged by his family, Rotella attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, the State University at Farmingdale, and the City University at Queens College. Rotella studied with Robert Birmelin, Harold Bruda, Herb Aach, and Gabriel Laderman. He taught art for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services for 28 years. In 2008 Rotella began to paint seriously and became involved with many art organizations and communities.