A third-generation painter from Paris, Tennessee, Joe began his art studies at Murray State University with Dr. Clara Eagle. He then studied oil portraiture in New York City at the Art Students League with John Howard Sanden and David A. Leffel and with Harvey Dinnerstein at the National Academy of Design, where he was awarded the Ralph Weiler Prize. He was elected to artist membership in the Salmagundi Club in NYC.
Additional study was in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Arthur De Costa. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Fellowship, and as editor of the Academy’s alumni magazine.
His subjects have included attorneys, judges, justices, physicians, university presidents and professors, clergy, bishops, business professionals, and family portraits of adults and children.
In addition to his art studies he has two degrees in music. His hobbies include travel and photography. His photographs have appeared on the cover of Budget Travel Magazine, in the Travel section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in advertising for the Travel Division of the Smithsonian Institution, in the United Nations' publication, The InterDependent, and in the Smithsonian book Man-Made Wonders of the World.
Joe and his wife, Joyce Ann, reside in Haddonfield, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia. They have three grown children and seven grandsons.