Edward Joe was born on Vancouver Island, in the small town of Ladysmith, December 1069. Later, in his youth he moved to Duncan where he currently resides. He is the second oldest of four children, one brother and two sisters. He started creating art in the Northwest Coast style in 1987.
In 1992, Edward graduated with a Provincial Diploma. He continued his desire to educate himself and enrolled at one of Canada’s top arts schools, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Edward completed his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1998. Wishing to pursue his search fro knowledge and individual style of expression, he challenged his artistic abilities and enrolled into the Associate of Fine Arts Degree program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he received his Associate Degree in 2001.
Edward grew up surrounded with a rich culture that has had a mountainous influence on himself as well as his art. Salish art has a smooth flowing motion intended to create a calm mood. The stories, legends and myths are depicted in many of his art pieces. Animals from the land, the sea and the sky are designed in a playful manor. The art he creates develops and changes continuously.
Edward’s goals are not only to revive the ancient Salish art form, but also to break free and redefine boundaries within it. He has done extensive research in museums and books and has become passionate in learning the roots of the ancient Northwest Coast.