began drawing and painting at an early age with the support of
his mother, an old master painter. At age eleven he began
classes with his mother's teacher at the Evelyn Raper School of
Art in Virginia. Ms. Raper taught the techniques of the old
masters. Though Joshua completed the foundation courses with Ms.
Raper, he never formally studied oil painting with her. But this
experience would have an impact on the core of Joshua's style
with a dual major in illustration and photography at Virginia
Commonwealth University. It was during this time at college that
he began experimenting, outside of his courses, with the old
master techniques in painting. Drawing from knowledge he gained
as a teenager from Ms. Raper, general observance of works from
old masters, painting techniques used in illustration as well as
the visual acuteness of photography studied in college, Joshua
has developed his own technique and unique style.