Joel Grothaus

Freelance Illustrator/Designer

Joel Grothaus’ career as a freelance illustrator/designer has given him the freedom to pursue projects he finds meaningful as an artist.

“Freelancing offers its own unique challenges, but can be a good way to keep your options open when you are starting out,” said Grothaus. “For my next project, I’m excited to be working on a series of copper etchings based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was hung by the Nazis near the end of WWII for his involvement in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. He was a man of faith who believed in his convictions so strongly that he was willing to put himself in harm’s way to combat a great evil. He’s someone I admire very strongly.

“For this project, I approached fine art faculty member and the printmaking master at CCS, Zdzislaw Sikora, for his assistance in moving the project forward. He has been a great ally in pointing me in the right direction. This is my first series of this nature, and I’m very pleased with the lessons learned so far.”