Jay's background was in the architectural curriculum at the University of Kentucky in the 60's. After long years of practicing architecture, he now focuses on art, a passion always in the background.
Lack of technology in the 60’s required development of skills in perspective, pen & ink, watercolor washes and pencil to depict architectural design concepts. With minimal formal art training, these abilities became invaluable in his current art pursuits. Since seriously beginning to paint in 2015, Jay suggests that he is "painting forward" and "learning backwards", which is an interesting process. Gratefully, since embarking on this journey in 2015, he has been juried into many shows, has received awards on local and state levels and has had work selected for two major art publications.
He achieved Signature Status in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina in 2019 and the Pastel Society of North Carolina in 2020. He is currently treasurer of the Piedmont Pastel Society.
His watercolor, pastel and pen and ink work includes figurative, nautical, architectural, landscape and wildlife, abstract and some mixed media explorations. Jay feels that “It is important for a painting to express an emotion through its subject, composition and mood” a goal that is always in his mind and sometimes achieved
The working space for an artist if very important. Jay has been fortunate to be able to create a comfortable and enjoyable studio space within his home capable of handling a variety of functions.
The painting area is designed so the primary lighting is from the north and from a large skylit atrium above with supplements as needed.
In the studio, there is space for workshops, classes, framing and matting, storage, educational video viewing and a library that can be shared with other artists and can accommodate workshops.
Currently he is hosting two workshops a year with many nationally and internationally known artists to give local artists a chance to get this opportunity in their own community.
In the event you wish to purchase artwork and would like to see a piece in person before you do so, there is a gallery in his home that is available by appointment via the Purchase/Contact page.
In addition to originals, there are giclees (prints) available that are in many cases, matted and gallery wrapped ready to go. Jay welcomes you to contact him and make arrangements to see his work on display in the gallery.