Eric Joyner attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Later, he began to work professionally as an illustrator. For the next decade, Joyner was a hired-gun for various publishers, high-tech companies, and advertising agencies. In the 1990s, he began doing digital animation and background art for animations.and provided other artistic services for a variety of companies before rediscovering his original love of drawing and painting. Joyner celebrates the era of tin toy robots in an ongoing series of whimsical, thoughtful, amusing, sometimes tragic, but always stunning paintings depicting mechanical men and women in outlandish and impossible settings. As he places the metal creations within situations conjured up in his fertile imagination, he almost always adds donuts to the landscape.