born with a paintbrush in his hand. At age two, he began creating his childhood masterpieces in his Montessori classroom. Throughout elementary and high school, his style became more defined with private lessons from well-known artists in Omaha, Nebraska. It was at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he decided to become a professional Fine artist as he studied fine art and illustration and studied with such notables as Joe Sorren and Scott Laumann. In 1993 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in illustration from NAU.
His evolving style blends unique color palettes and detailed line work with a personal iconography that serves as a fulcrum for emotion, mind and spirit. Infinity, birds and cats, and a menagerie of genetically modified creatures with halos all play a role in describing Joel’s world of hope, political structures, secret societies and spiritual dynamics. The ever evolving artist tries to get the viewer to think about the unspoken Universal truths that connect us all. It is not uncommon to find hidden word messages in his pieces.
During the dot-com insanity that was prevalent in the late ’90s Bay Area, Joel began to learn more about corporate structures and politics. Since then, politics, environmentalism, social satire, and spirituality have been strong influences in his work. In 1996, he began creating concert posters for Bill Graham Presents. His BGP posters for Korn, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, and Ryan Adams were accepted into Print’s Regional Design annuals, and his Korn, David Byrne, Willie Nelson, and Ryan Adams posters were printed in the American Illustration annuals. Joel also does editorial illustration for magazines and newspapers such as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, Smart Money, The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Bike. He also has published work in The Art Of Modern Rock.