Joe was born and raised in the southwest corner of the state of Utah and spent his junior high and high school years in Escondido, California. Much of the time between then and now is filled with almost 11 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Currently, Joe is gainfully employed by the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego as their Facilities Manager. There he is generously provided with a studio where he is engaged in the development of an art practice that meaningfully integrates his obsession with second-hand shopping. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art at UCSD in 2012.