Joe Milligan

Joe's watercolor paintings evoke a sensitive and emotional sense of time and place. He attributes this to a keen sense of observation, the subjects and their surroundings.


A lifelong resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, Joe spent his childhood summers at his grandparents' home and marina on Brigantine island at the New Jersey shore. His grandfather and uncles were carpenters and bay-men; a heritage that has influenced Joe throughout his life. Some of his fondest memories are of the island with unpaved gravel roads, wooden boats, empty beaches, and rock jetties. This innocent simplicity of the 1950s and 1960s influences his paintings and choice of subjects.


Working in watercolor is one of the most challenging art forms. The unpredictability of the paint is the characteristic that helps Joe form dramatic skies, seas, and the physical texture of real objects. Techniques such as graded washes, transparent color layering, dry brush detail and the reserved white of the paper, are all used in varying degrees to form paintings infused with emotion. He continues to work with other watercolor artists to explore new methods and challenge his creative abilities.


Joe has been a featured artist at galleries in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. He has also received awards at regional art shows. His illustrations have appeared in books and magazines about the New Jersey coast. His paintings are in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Bermuda. Joe & his wife, Laurie, maintain studio homes in Wawa, Pennsylvania & Cape May, New Jersey.

Artist Joe Milligan

"Friday Night - Cape May Light House" 10.5" x 14.5" image 18" x 22" framed watercolor $750

Artist Joe Milligan

"Lighthouse Pond" 8.5" x 12.25" image 17" x 21.5" framed watercolor $650

Artist Joe Milligan

"Off the Grid" 14.75" x 20.75" image 25.5" x 31.5" framed watercolor $1,100

Artist Joe Milligan

"Schooner Landing Road" 7.75" x 11.75" image 15" x 19.25" framed watercolor $500

"Flock of Sea Gulls" 8.5" x 12.5" image 17" x 21" framed watercolor $650 sold

Artist Joe Milligan

"Valley of Cows" 6" x 17.5" image 12.25" x 24" framed watercolor $300

The artwork pictured here is a representation of this artist's work. We aim to display only pieces that are currently in the gallery, though some may have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a particular piece by this artist, please call the gallery at (302) 645-0551.