As a second grader Jake was completely lost and separated from the rest of his class as they toured the Detroit Museum of Art. The paintings that surrounded him had Jake so spellbound that he was cut off from his class and found himself mesmerized in a sea of art. He wanted so much to be able to do the work he was seeing before him on the walls and that desire never left him.
Like most landscape painters Jake loved the outdoors and he grew up spending a great deal of time camping, fishing, hiking and exploring. As a teenager, and with his parent’s encouragement, Jake took the two year Famous Artist Course for Young People; a correspondence course that started him on a path of learning and discovery of the art world. His high school art teacher bellowed the fire inside of Jake through his passion, enthusiasm and love for drawing, painting and art history. His personal interest in Jake’s learning and growing as an artist is something that has never left him.
My calling as an artist is to share my vision and experience of the natural world and its many marvels through plein air painting. My goal is to couple my knowledge of art history and the learned disciplines of skilled technique with all the emotion I feel “in the moment” when I am painting - to capture that moment of intense awareness for the viewer to experience and enjoy. This is accomplished in the form of painted and/or sketched field studies as my main source of reference. I am the able to create larger paintings of these studies in my studio. In both my field studies and my studio paintings, I invite the observer to journey with me into a world of total sensory awareness of the countless wonders and manifold expressions of nature.
Jake is a founding member and President of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club and the American Impressionists Society.