Joseph Sevier was born in New London, Connecticut in 1961 and he grew up around Washington D.C. and in Charlotte, North Carolina. At 18 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Southwest of the United States. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Art, magna cum laude.
In 1989 Sevier moved to Sandwich, Kent, in England, where he is a full time artist in his studio in a mediaeval walled garden.
Sevier describes his large flower paintings. 'There are whole worlds in these canvases...natural forms woven together into rich complex tapestreies' like the mediaeval flowers of the Lady with the Unicorn at the Cluny Museum in Paris and the mural of vines and birds that cover the walls of the Pope's bed chamber in the Palais des Papes in Avignon. 'I just want something that's absolutely beautiful, knock-out amazing. I want my pictures to be seen in people's homes. I make paintings for people to live with.'
Sevier's works have been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Hunting Art Prize.
He has also exhibited at the Catto Gallery, London, the Nevill Gallery, Canterbury, the East Kent School, Friends of John Ward Exhibition, at the Canterbury City Museum, the Francis Kyle Gallery, London and Gallery Tresco on the Isle of Scilly, where he was artist in residence.
His solo show in 1995 at Montpellier Sandelson in London led to his opening his own gallery in 2000 in Noah's Ark in Sandwich.
Sevier's works are in private and public collections. He has had exhibitions each year, making many portrait and flower paintings for commission.
His portrait of Dr. Andrew McLachlan FRS is held in the collection of the library of Trinity College. His 2000 Millenium Portrait for the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Jennifer Samper is in the collection of the City of Canterbury. Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury commissioned his portrait of Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Wright. He has painted two mayors of Sandwich, John Bragg and Paul Graeme, each in their robes of office, each with their own black thorn stick.