Once asked "And what do you do for a living?" Joel replied "It rather depends what day I am asked:  artist, an illustrator and a teacher".

The teaching positions have always been part-time, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and, most recently, the Ontario College of Art and Design. He must have done something right because his Ryerson students choreographed a dance and sang a song for him, Sheridan awarded him a gold-plated merit pin and at OCAD he was welcomed like an old friend.

Joel set out in his professional life to become a book and magazine illustrator with the intention of matching and combining his devotion to fine art so that the two disciplines became one and the same but being skilfull at the art of perspective he became sought after as an architectural renderer, a specialized profession that has offered the opportunity to visualize projects in almost every corner of the world.

Throughout the demands made upon his creative talents and resources Joel makes time to devote his energies into producing fine art.  A series of drawings, paintings, collage and mixed media, and limited edition prints. A preference in his art for the lighter side of life, Joel concentrates on simple human endeavours

Joel is no slouch, he plays as hard as he works, literally - playing drums in a jazz band. If that is not enough, he can be found pounding the pavement every second day in preparation for his next marathon and various races throughout the year.

Joel was born in Reading, England, that's about 74 kilometers west of London. A graduate of a south London Polytechnic with continued education at the London School of Printing and the Leicester School of Art. Immigrated to Canada in 1965.