John Joseph’s passion for art appeared at an early age, while living in Orlando, Florida. As a young boy, he was inspired by the many trips to visit the animation studios, just down the road, at the happiest place on Earth. It was very rare that you would spot him without a pencil and sketchbook, creating stories and drawing away.
Near the end of elementary school, John became the “new kid”, after moving across the country to live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado. He quickly came to be known as the “class artist” and found that creating art for other people was a great way to make new friends. John Joseph’s love of art continued through school and he went on to get an art education degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree from Lesley University.
You could say that John has never really left school, as he graduated and went straight back to elementary school to teach visual arts. There, he is constantly inspired by the imagination of his students, and often includes them in his stories and illustrations. But the best part is, he has several months off throughout the year to play with his family in the Colorado mountains and create lots of art!