Artist Statement

We live at a time that photography is part of our everyday lives, social media being a dominate force of this. Annexation creates new images. my not having © of the full image, I make something new. A whispered memory in a dream.

In law and government, appropriation (from Latin appropriate, “to make one’s own”, later “to set aside”) is the act of setting apart something for its application to a particular usage, to the exclusion of all other uses.

By that, a new image is born.

—Joseph Peila

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Joseph Peila, Artist at Don Dexter Gallery, Eugene, OR

Displayed at Don Dexter Gallery

Annexed, October-December 2017 (Q4)

Where do you find your inspiration?

Life. The spark of a touch. The look on someones face when excited. Discovering new ways of creation.

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

Riding a bike at 9pm at night during the summer.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“Please, release me, let me go.”
—Engelbert Humperdinck


Annexed by Joseph Peila
October-December 2017 (Q4)

A whispered memory in a dream.


Joseph Peila has been an artist and creative professional for over 20 years. Mentoring and teaching about photography and art are his passion. Joseph recently relocated to Eugene from Central Washington State. He has been called a renaissance man by too many of his friends. It may have to do with the fact that he has created more than just photography. From being a produce clerk for many years during his youth to working for design firms as a graphic designer to being an alfalfa farmer. Whether as a farm mechanic, to mastering artisan bread and pizza or building unique furniture. Not to mention being an exhibiting artist, mentor and teacher to many. Joseph is a master at creating ideas. He currently is concentrating on creating beautiful lasting images and ideas with his unique eye.