who is originally from central Illinois, has made his home in the
Galena-Dubuque area since 1969. He is a former art educator, and has
held various management positions in advertising, marketing, graphic
design and web development during his career. Accepting a position
with the University of Dubuque a few years ago provided time for him
to devote more time to his first loves: painting and drawing.
has worked almost exclusively in watercolor for the most of his
career, but recently has added non-representational works in
graphite, carbon and charcoal to his portfolio. His watercolors and
drawings are in private collections across the U.S and Canada.
is a member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent
Watercolor Society, a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor
Society and a former member of the Board of Directors and Signature
Member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. Jac was also a founding
member of the Galena Artists' Guild.
of my watercolors result from my attraction to old or out of the way
places and subjects. I'm attracted to these subjects not from a sense
of nostalgia but because of the patina that the process of existing
imparts to them. The results of their use, abuse, neglect or
abandonment makes for very interesting subject matter.
figurative watercolors result from capturing people in a candid
moment when they are the most natural and least self-aware.
current drawings are essentially exercises in creating “interesting
marks”. The drawings are, for the most part, process driven. They
begin with little more than a general concept and proceed to the
finished state based almost exclusively on what happens along the
the medium is watercolor or monochrome, the process of creating the
work involves applying many layers to create an image. In watercolor,
it's a combination of washes, glazes and dry brush. In monochrome
works, graphite, carbon and charcoal, the process of layering
involves applying, smearing, erasing, and re-applying until a
satisfactory combination of contrast, value and texture are achieved.