FAIRMONT - Joseph Kreiss is a painter, photographer, chef, and zany afternoon radio DJ.
All these facets of his personality come into play in his artwork displayed this month at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont.
The display includes a mix of acrylic paintings and photographs Kreiss has taken since moving to Fairmont a few years ago.
ON?DISPLAY — The “Stock Pot Nirvana” painting is one of many acrylics by Joseph Kreiss.
"I have a background as a chef, and a lot of my paintings are inspired by the behind-the-scenes," he said. "It's kind of a whimsical view of the restaurant business. ... I connected with scenarios of cooking and it played into my paintings and sketches."
One piece that tends to be a hit is his take on the Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover. Kreiss' version: "Lucy In the Sky With Tomatoes."
"The original sold right away, because everyone just loves The Beatles," Kreiss said.
Painting and photography have been a part of Kreiss' self-expression since he was a child.
"I worked on a journalism career out of high school, and I did some freelance photography, and then I ended up being a chief photographer for a daily newspaper in California for 30 years," said Kreiss. "After that ended, I began training professionally as a chef."
It was only about nine years ago that Kreiss began to again take painting seriously.
"I have so much going on, so it ends up going in spurts," Kreiss said. "I had three different paintings in progress when we had to pack up and move from Colorado, and relocate to Fairmont. We're doing some remodeling of our basement, so I'm hoping to have a studio area where I can start painting again."
Kreiss has found more freedom in his photography after being a professional photographer for many years. Today, he divides his time between being a chef at Beantown Cafe and the afternoon jock on KFMC-FM.
"I'm a small town, small area kind of person. I'm not into the big city," he said. "I appreciate the rural lifestyle. I find a lot of beauty in this area, and I hope it reflects in what I have on display."
A reception for Kreiss will be 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday at Red Rock Center. Pieces on display will be for sale, along with several matted prints and reprints of Kreiss' artwork.