Jeff brings a lifetime of experiences into his bright, nature-inspired works, drawing on a childhood filled with feathered friends and pet chickens. Jeff’s uncanny, upbeat personality is expressed in a wide range of colors, which brings his birds to “life” on canvas in a graphic manner. Ironically, it was not a love for birds that originally inspired Jeff’s passion for art. His mother, Patricia, was a stay-at-home mom who loved to work on fun, creative projects with her two sons, often drawing pictures for the boys to color. In preparation for a second grade open house, each student was asked to draw what they would like to be when they grew up. Jeff, enamored with his home art projects, pictured himself as an artist, and his path was laid.
He graduated with a BFA from Webster University in 2002, after spending time studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. Truly a bird of his own feather, Jeff created his first studio in the Art Loft Building on Washington Avenue—far before it was the hip neighborhood in which to do so.
Jeff continues to draw inspiration from the world around him. Although he admires the works of famed artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and Wassily Kandinsky, he says the bulk of his inspiration comes from “the people I interact with, real life experiences, emotions.” Only now, the things that inspire him manifest as birds, creating a collection as unique and colorful as the people and events from which they evolved.