JOERG ROSENTHAL (JOE ROS) IS BORN 1966 AND GREW UP IN NORTH GERMANY. HE WORKED FOR 25 YEARS IN THE CAR FACTORY OF VOLKSWAGEN. HE STARTED AS A MECHANIC AND BY THE TIME HE LEFT THE COMPANY, HE WORKED IN THE COACHING DEPARTMENT AS A TECHNICAL TRAINER FOR MECHANIC APPRENTICES. HE REALIZED THAT THERE WAS MORE TO LIFE AND DECIDED TO MAKE A CHANGE.
FOR ALMOST TWO AND A HALF YEARS, HE TRAVELED ACROSS EUROPE EXPERIENCING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, LANDSCAPES AND SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT … HIS TRAVELS ALSO TOOK HIM BACKPACKING THROUGH THE UNITED STATES FOR 3 MONTHS. IN THE FALL OF 2009, HE WALKED THE 800KM CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TRAIL ACROSS SPAIN.
ON HIS JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNITED STATES, HE MET HIS WIFE JULIE. THEY LIVED TOGETHER ON THE EAST COAST OF CANADA WHERE THEY WERE SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, AND SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT … AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS THEY STARTED A NEW ADVENTURE, TRAVELLING 6500 KM AWAY FROM HALIFAX, NS, ON A ROAD TRIP ACROSS CANADA IN THE WINTER.THEY NOW LIVE IN MILL BAY, SOUTH COWICHAN.
IN THE MORNING, JOERG IS A JANITOR AT BRENTWOOD COLLEGE SCHOOL; IN THE AFTERNOON, HE IS A PHOTOGRAPHER, PRINT/WEB DESIGNER AND SOCIAL MEDIA FREELANCER.
IN HIS FREE TIME HE ENJOYS VOLUNTEERING FOR HE MILL BAY COMMUNITY LEAGUE, THE MILL BAY-MALAHAT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE COWICHAN INTERCULTURAL SOCIETY.
HE ALSO WINDSURFS AND RUNS. “I HAVE TO RUN – LIFE IS TO SHORT.
“I have always had a creative desire and have been doing travel photography, drawing, and painting for most of my life. I like to experiment with a variety of different mediums and often combine them to create special effects and unique art. I simply do what feels right at the time.”
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division