Jeff grew up in Northern California and began painting in high school. A self- taught observer he took his inspiration from the cold beaches and waves around Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. While longing for more tropical climates, he moved to Oahu to attend college at Brigham Young University pursuing an art degree in painting. Living in Hawaii taught him to see the details and colors of nature and he began rendering tropical scenes of the North Shore, Koolau Mountains, and other sites. Since then he has completed hundreds of paintings working with galleries, private collectors, and doing various art shows. To further his education in the arts, Jeff attended Florida State University earning a Masters Degree in Painting. Not satisfied with only one style of painting, Jeff utilizes both traditional techniques for his work as well as more contemporary abstract approaches. He currently works at Cabrillo College as part of Art Department teaching Painting and Drawing.
His goal as an artist is to convey to the viewer the true beauty and elegance of the natural world basing his paintings not so much on what he sees, but how he feels. His artwork is simply about reality. He references former thoughts of the future combined with current memories of the past in an attempt to reconcile altering ideas and feelings, hopefully resolving in a single moment in time where positive conclusions can be made. His influences are a combination of travel, nature, music, surfing, and the culture clash of a shrinking world.
Using texture and having great attention to detail and lighting, Jeff creates tropical oceanscapes and landscapes based on his own experience and imagination. A native of Northern California, Jeff began painting with oils at age 12 and soon developed a unique style and technique for rendering water and waves. Using many layers of paint, and what he describes as a closely-knit color scheme, Jeff builds up texture and detail then finally adds highlights.