Joel Phillips was born in Midland, Texas. He grew up drawing horses and cowboys, and knew at a very young age that he was going to become an artist. Joel’s parents were encouraging and helpful in every way. When his family moved to California, he was introduced to a lineage of beautiful horsemanship that continues to inspire him and plays a central role in his imagery. Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in painting, and his work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas; the Museum of Abilene, Texas; and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum. Additionally, he has had solo gallery exhibitions, as well as participating in numerous western art shows throughout the nation, including such venues as the Gilcrease Museum; the Autry Museum of Western Heritage; the Pasadena Museum of Art; and the Pasadena Historical Museum. Joel has also been featured in a number of fine publications, including Western Horseman; Art of the West; Southwest Art; Art Talk; Equine Vision; and American Cowboy.