During his military career, Joe Girouard used his break time to create art and worked on his painting technique to improve his painting skills significantly.

Girouard's greatest contribution as a painter has been his effort to resurface the historical art form 'alla prima' or 'direct painting' which is more popularly known as 'wet-on-wet' technique. Though oil painters have used this technique since the 16th century, the art form lost its popularity during the later centuries until Girouard made efforts for its resurgence. In addition to that, Joe not only popularized the technique, but marketed a special line of paints and stationeries to make it handy for new painters.

Joe Girouard became more and more involved in painting to the point that he started earning more by selling his painted gold pans than he did at his military job. It was then that he retired from the military at a considerably good position, completing 17 years of service, in the year 1979.

About Joe Girouard

Joe Girouard was a celebrated, creative Australian painter and an art instructor who developed a taste for art during his early military career when he attended an art class at the Anchorage USO Club, which led him to find his real calling in life. From being a break-time painter during military service to a full-time art instructor on television, Girouard's interest and dedication brought him fame and glory.

Joe was an inspiration for not just the pre-internet generation of artists who followed him religiously, but also for the post-internet generation of artists who consider him an iconic celebrity painter.