In 1970, the photography critic at New York's Village Voice described him as a technical master. Joel's photographs from that period were individually crafted with bleaches, dyes, and toners. You can find examples of this work from the 1960s here.
In 1970 he moved from Manhattan to Berkeley California. Impressed by the amazing flora of Northern California Joel and his wife Betty began crafting Oshibana Art, pictures made with pressed flowers. In the 1970’s, his Oshibana Art sold at scores of galleries throughout coastal California.
In 1985, he discovered digital media, which changed everythng. "Now I paint with images, not just colors." I call the art PhotoGraphics."
Printed with pigmented inks on acid-free archival paper.