An artful portrait by Joel Washington

Bloomington, Indiana artist Joel Washington
Bloomington-based artist Joel Washington has crafted a stunning portrait of bassoonist Kathleen McLean. “I stumbled upon his vibrant pop art at Laughing Planet one day, featuring Frank Zappa, and was blown away. After checking the signature, I discovered Joel lived in Bloomington and reached out to him about creating cover art for my recording. After some conversations he agreed to turn a photo into an artful portrait. It took over a year to complete, but the final piece is pure magic. I’m thrilled to share it! Joel is a phenomenal artist, and you can explore his extensive portfolio and diverse styles on his website, plus, check out his major works at Indiana University’s Memorial Building.”

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