About Joel Kimmel

Joel is an illustrator based in the village of Westport, Ontario, Canada.

Some of the many things Joel loves to draw are portraits, maps and travel postcard illustrations.

He enjoys the imagery of early Canadian lumberjacks, Great Depression imagery and vintage tinted photographs.

Joel has designed over 25 coins for The Royal Canadian Mint, including coins commemorating the Last Spike, The Battle of Neuve-Chappelle, and The Battle of Ortona. In 2020 his first ever circulation coin was released, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.

When he isn’t busy with any of the above, he enjoys throwing sticks with his beagles, Peanut and Pistache, playing basketball (not with the beagles though), reading, travelling and sketching outdoors.

Joel shares a studio with his wife Chantal Bennett, who is also an illustrator. They are working on an ongoing project together called Every Chip Stand where they have the ambitious goal of illustrating every chip stand in Ontario (and some beyond).


Your Dreams My Nightmares. Audio Interview with Sam Weber.

With designer/art director Chris Skiles

CBC All in a Day with Alan Neal. An interview about the Falcon Lake Incident UFO coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.

Royal Wedding. An interview about the Royal Wedding coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.

CTV Interview. Television interview with CTV Ottawa about the Royal Wedding coin.

UFO Coin. A live TV interview with Bill Welychka about the Falcon Lake Incident coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.