|Joe grew up in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where he was active in sports throughout his youth. He spent his college years at Western Illinois University and University of South Carolina-Beaufort as a division I baseball player, and finished up his art degree at ISU. While at ISU, Joe studied under renowned glass blower John Miller, where he developed a passion for the art of glass. Today, Joe continues to explore and develop his glass blowing skills. He takes with him, his past memories and experiences in mixed media art and applies them to his current artwork.