Joe Cantrell is Cherokee, originally from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has made his home in Oregon for the last 30 years. Cantrell did two Navy tours in Vietnam; during his second tour, he was a diving officer in the Mekong Delta. He stayed in Southeast Asia for another 15 years, working primarily as a photojournalist until 1986. Among Cantrell’s multiple careers, he has taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is now happily retired and making more artwork than ever.