Joe was born and raised on Staten Island NY, just a short ferry ride to Manhattan where he attended The High School of Art and Design and college at Parsons earning a BFA degree. Over his 38 year career he has worked for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for corporate and advertising clients, book publishers and record companies.
Clients have included: American Express, Barnes & Noble.com, Capitol Records, ESPN, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and Time.
Joe's portraits of authors have appeared in the New York Times Book Review.
Among his awards are four silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. He has been profiled in Communication Arts Magazine as well as other graphic arts journals. In 1999 Joe had a one-man exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Some of his work appears in the companion book to the PBS series “The Blues” produced by Martin Scorsese, as well as in ILLUSTRATION NOW! PORTRAITS published by Taschen. In 2007 Joe illustrated Elmore Leonard's 10 RULES OF WRITING for Harper Collins and in 2011 a limited edition book of his blues musician portraits, BLACK WHITE & BLUES was published by Strike Three Press.
A musician as well, Joe plays the drums regularly with a blues trio and (along with Barry Blitt) in an illustrator jazz group. He lives in western New Jersey.