Biography 

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 UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College  teaching Painting and Drawing. 

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Education

2012 MFA Florida State University

2002 BFA BYU Hawaii


Teaching

University California, Santa Cruz - Drawing & Painting

Cabrillo Community College, Aptos, CA  -  Drawing


Exhibitions


Solo Shows

2016 "Yosemite in Charcoal" Yosemite Conservancy Teaching Residency.

2015 "Phulum of the Free" Phantom Gallery, San Jose CA Mural Project

        "Coastlines" Wave Street Studio Monterey, CA

2014 "Recent Wanderings" Studio 7 Gallery, Pleasanton, CA     

2013 'Location Location Location" Kaleid Gallery, San Jose CA

2011 Jefferson Gallery, Monticello FL

2006 Waikoloa Gallery, Waikoloa HI


Group Shows

2016 "Conversations"  Sesnon Gallery Santa Cruz, CA

        UC Santa Cruz Faculty Show Blitzer Gallery  Santa Cruz, CA

2015 "Art From The Park" Yosemite Art Center

        "Abstract Santuary" Verum Ultimum Portland, OR

        Live Drawing, Adventure Gear Expo Sandy, UT

        "Abstract Catalyst" Verum Ultimum Portland, OR

2014 "Flux and Flow" Kaleid Gallery, San Jose CA

2014 Sub Zero San Jose, CA

2013 Best of the West, Wyland Gallery, Kona HI

2013 Vanitas, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA

2013 Shared Mythologies, Art Ark, San Jose, CA

2013 CineQuest San Jose Film Festival, live painting

2013 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles. "Splash Exhibition"  (photography)

2012 4n5 Gallery, San Francisco

2011 Fountain Miami

2010 "Deep Cuts" Olgsby Gallery FSU 

2010 "Orgins to Entropy" Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee FL

2009 NASAD Commissions on Accreditation Exhibition, FSU University

2009 University of Mobile, Mobile AL

2003-2011 Haleiwa Arts Festival, Haleiwa HI

2007-2009 Pauahi Tower group show, Honolulu HI

2004 Arts at marks Garage, Honolulu, HI

2004 Arts at Lanikai, Kailua HI


Awards

2013 Winner Cinequest live painting competition, San Jose, CA

2012 Joan Mitchell Candidate 

2009 winner of Kamehameha Schools Purchase award.