Jerry was born in Georgia but his family moved to the Texas panhandle when he was very young. From as early as he can remember, he has been interested in art and started drawing at a very young age, although he didn’t take any art classes until after graduating from high school. His dream from early on was to travel the country, painting all along the way. That dream took a back seat for a number of years while he pursued his engineering profession. Even though he worked full time, he continued to study art, taking classes at night and also working in a small studio at his home. As his skills grew, so did the desire to work full time as an artist.
In the year 2000, he mustered up enough courage to give up his engineering job and started painting full time. By now, he was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and had a studio in his home. In fact, the entire upper floor of this two story home was devoted to art, which included his studio, office, and two other rooms which were used for stretching canvases, framing and photographing his work. It was a nice setup and he enjoyed it for a number of years but the desire to travel and paint still was in the back of his mind. That desire, eventually, became overwhelming. He put his house on the market and then bought an RV which he soon converted into a mobile studio and “hit the road”, as they say. Now he travels full time and lives and paints in his mobile studio.
Jerry’s paintings are, in a word, honest. Over the years, he has worked to perfect the skills required to paint and draw well. He has trained himself to see the essential parts of a landscape that make that particular landscape look as it does. He doesn’t get bogged down with details that are not essential, rather he paints only the shapes, colors and values necessary to make the viewer see what he sees. When done well, from a normal viewing distance, it will seem as if the viewer could actually walk into the painting. When viewed up close, the three dimensional qualities of the piece seem to disappear and only brushstrokes of color and value will be seen, almost as if looking at an abstract painting. As one collector of his work commented, “Jerry gives you just enough”.
Jerry studied with painters Richard Schmid and Paul Strisik and his work has been influenced by both. He also admires the work of George Inness, Nicolai Fechin and the nocturnes of Frank Tenney Johnson.