About the Artist

Digital Artist Joseph Dea is a graduate of the Hartford Art School. Dea has created poster art for the New York City Ballet and Discovery Channel Films. His video art has exhibited at the prestigious Kitchen Gallery and one of his pieces, Two Triple Cheese Side Order of  Fries, is included in the NY Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art permanent video collection. As an early pioneer of music video, he conceptualized, designed and directed more than thirty videos, five of these are included in Rolling Stone Magazine's All-Time Top 100 Videos.  Dea has also directed hundreds of hours of television and won four Emmys.

Portrait Artist

Fueled by his passion for painting and art, portrait artist Joseph combines his cinematic technique and computer design expertise to create captivating life like digitally hand painted Digital-Oil paintings on art canvas.

In 2008 he designed the poster art for Werner Herzog's Oscar nominated Encounters at the End of the World.

Dea recently exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art


Joe explains his process:

To create a painting I start with a digital photo, or I scan a film photo. I hand brush and blend the pixels using a digital paintbrush stylus. I use the exact same motion and technique when I apply a traditional paintbrush to canvas. I love painting this way; I have total control over color and light, this allows me to bring out the emotional expressiveness of the image. When the digital painting is complete, I transfer the image to fine artist canvas using rich UV archival pigments and a state of the large-format giclee art printer."   

Dog Painting


About Digital Painting

Sensu digital artist brush

Sensu digital artist brush

Digital Painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, pastels, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet, digital artist brush, stylus and painting software. The artist creates the digital painting directly on the computer. The finished digital painting is transferred to fine art canvas via museum-quality Giclée Printing.



Giclee Printing 

(pronounced Zhee-clay & Jee-clay) is used by major art museums for archiving entire collections. The giclee process involves spraying microscopic dots of ink onto fine quality art canvas. The combination of archival inks and fine artist canvas yield stunning light fast vibrancy and longevity of approximately 100 years.


Digital painting is widely used in film, television & video game design. This video reveals the magic of the digital painting process.