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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Plein Air Paintings?
    These are small color studies created outdoors on location in a several hour period to capture lighting and color. These studies are brought back into the studio and are essential color studies for my larger paintings. Painting on location captures great color that a camera does not always show.
  • How long does it take you to create a painting?
    I never measure the exact time it takes to complete a painting, some take weeks, others take months and even years to complete. I try to start several paintings at one time. I will work on one for a while and then set it aside to dry or to think about it, then work on another one. I need to relax my mind and eyes to keep the idea fresh. I will work on a piece until I know it is finished. The two hardest parts of painting are the start and the finish.
  • How long have you been an artist?
    I've been a “constant doodler” from the time I was old enough to hold a pencil. My teachers encouraged me to continue developing my art skills. Following high school, I found work as a truck driver and painted/sketched when I wasn't on the road. My life changed drastically in the autumn of 1982, when I was injured in a hunting accident. While I was bow hunting, my tree stand collapsed beneath me and I fell 20 feet to the ground, cracking a vertebra in my back. But God was faithful, and provided me with an opportunity to find the silver lining in a very dark cloud. During my recuperation period, I painted a white-tailed deer painting titled "Monday Morning," which was produced in print. That was nearly 40 years ago and so began my career as a fulltime nature artist.
  • Where do you get your ideas?
    I have an idea in my mind of a story I’d like to tell or a concept I have in mind. Then I go after my reference. I will head outdoors and create a small painting (Plein Air) to get my colors and lighting. I will photograph the area and pull in elements that I think will make the composition sound. Most of my ideas come from being outdoors. Everything is an idea. I photograph continually for reference. I look for color, lighting, and texture. As no two people are the same, no two trees are the same. Each tree is different and I love their uniqueness.
  • Do you teach painting lessons?
    Not yet! But my hope is to begin painting lessons in the near future. If you are interested, email us at, and we contact you first whenever classes become available.
  • Where will you be displaying your artwork next?
    Visit our Event Page to see where we will be next. We display our work at a variety of artisan markets, craft fairs, sports shows, and outdoor & indoor festivals throughout the year!
  • Do you make your own frames?
    We have several different sources where we purchase our frames. Our frames choices are all solid wood frames of aspen, hickory, oak, and cherry. We offer several different finishes on the oak and cherry. Some are rustic, others have a fine art finish. We try to match the frame to each piece of art. We also offer gold and silver frames on our originals.
  • Do you have gallery I can visit?
    We have a home studio/gallery that is open by appointment. You’ll find our home studio bursting with great gift ideas including originals (great and small), all size canvas prints, Scripture frame artwork, gallery wraps, framed miniatures, wreaths, uniquely framed and crafted items, Art pillows, magnets, ornaments, and gift certificates. Visit our gallery today! Call or email to make your appointment: 814-796-4400 Our studio address is: 2869 Old Wattsburg Rd. Waterford, PA 16441.
  • What medium do you use?
    My medium is oil on canvas.
  • Do you accept commissioned paintings?
    Jack welcomes Individual and Corporate commission of his artwork. Commissions are scheduled upon meeting with the collector and obtaining all reference materials. These personalized paintings are created on a first come basis and need to be scheduled at least six months to one year or more in advance. The cost will vary based on size, subject matter and time frame requested. A deposit is due at the time of the commission and agreement and the balance due upon delivery.
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