Growing up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, Joseph Quillan’s memories of his childhood frequently focused around three things; nature, animals and art. His love of California’s central coast, where whales, otters and sea lions frolicked, were Joseph’s inspiration for his art. In 1982 he won his first award at the Catalina Island Festival of Art. In 1983, while on a visit to Hawaii, Joseph was invited to exhibit his sculptures with legendary painter George Sumner, making Joseph the first artist to display fine art bronzes of marine life in Hawaii.
Over the next several years, Joseph would establish his artwork through many prestigious awards, including the Mystic International Award for Excellence, and several Best of Shows in juried art festivals. In 2007 he created the award for the Archie Carr Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to individuals who have given a majority of their lives to Sea Turtle preservation and research. He also sculpted the Legacy Award for the Blue Ocean Film Festival, presented to notable filmographers, oceanographers and environmentalists, such as Prince Albert II of Monaco, and James Cameron.
Joseph, is a cancer survivor, lives with his German Shepherd and rescuedCatahoola dog in Temecula Valley Wine Country. He hikes and sculpts each and every day. “I know God still has plans for me, and I wake every morning thanking him for the gifts He has blessed me with.”