Joe was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
He went to the King's School, Ely, where he got an art scholarship.
He went to the University of Oxford (Exeter College) where he began experimenting with oil painting, sold his first picture and managed to get a degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the same time (but only just).
After a few years of experimenting with art as a hobby, Joe went to Cambridge Regional College where he took a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, passing with Distinction.
He studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich University College of the Arts, graduating with a first.
He now lives and works in Norwich, making art and generally pottering about the place.