Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, Joe Kronenberg was exposed to a historic past that included accounts of Native Americans, pioneers, mountain men, and trappers. All this shaped his love of the subject matter he now paints. Traveling to historic sites, national parks, and the mountains of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming each year, he studies and gathers reference photos and information on the animals and scenery that he then portrays in his work.
Kronenberg was the 2009 recipient of the C.M. Russell Museum Auction’s Ralph “Tuffy” Berg Award given to the most promising up-and-coming artist. In 2017, he was inducted into the Russell Skull Society of Artists. In 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016, seven of his paintings were awarded finalists in the prestigious Art Renewal Center’s International Salon. He is also a four-time recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Coeur d’Alene Galleries Miniatures by the Lake show and was juried as Best of Show at the 2015 Western Masters auction in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was a featured artist in the book Best of American Oil Painters 2011 and has been featured in magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Northwest Sportsman, and California Sportsman.His work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout North America and is represented in galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Red Lodge, Montana, and Whitefish, Montana.