Raised in Fort Worth, Texas and possibly born in Michigan, Joseph Boulton was a sculptor, painter, teacher and taxidermist and was especially known for his talents in depicting animals and his studies of Indians.
His father was a carpenter, and he became interested in modeling and building from working with his dad. In 1915, he went to New York as a student at the National Academy of Design, where he teacher was sculptor Herman Atkins MacNeil.
During World War I, he served in France in the Marine Corps, and then returned to studies with MacNeil at the Art Students League. In 1966, he moved to Westport, Connecticut where he died in 1981.
Associations included the Allied Artists of America, Hudson
River Valley Association, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.