Joel Armstrong was raised in
Corpus Christi, TX, where he grew to love fishing, salt air, humidity and rust. He attended Texas Tech University, and spent over 20 years as both an illustrator and graphic designer. While art director of Group, a magazine for youth ministers, Armstrong returned to College to receive his MFA in drawing from Colorado State University (2001). He began drawing with wire, and has continued to do wire based installation for almost 10 years. Armstrong currently teaches drawing and illustration at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He is married, and is father of 3.