The paintings in Joseph’s work use graphic lines, contour, and figures. The outlines of the figures in the paintings are sometimes placed off-register like in printmaking. This produces a visual vibration and depth to the figures that contrast to the flatness of the painting. In some of the paintings, color blocks the contour of the figure to create a graphic image which references Joseph’s history and experience working in graphic design. Newer works combines his graphic line work with shadowed figures.