Jeff’s inspiration has been Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists. He recently has been inspired by Picasso, Pollock, and De Kooning. He has gradually grown into combining Impressionism and Post-Impressionism with Abstraction. Currently, he is concerned with subject matter, color and composition, while adding texture and relief. Mountains, water, trees and sky are reoccurring themes in his work. He varies his approach to the blank canvas with everything from a concrete idea of what he wants, to a vague impression of what he hopes to accomplish. He uses a variety of things in the application of paint to canvas: brushes, squeegees, wood blocks, fingers, etc. He approaches the canvas as a jazz musician does an improvisational piece. Creating on the fly. He paints on the cutting edge of his creativity, constantly challenging himself and is willing to make mistakes, reevaluate, and go into an unknown place to continue to grow and complete the painting. His paintings are a reflection of this journey.
Jeff attended De Paul University and graduated with a Bachelors in Art Education. While there, he studied painting under William Conger. He has recently exhibited in Oak Park, Elmhurst, Des Plaines, Lombard, Waukegan, Chicago, and River Forest.