“Painting today, to preserve the past, for tomorrow!” this is my mission, it is my inspiration, it is what drives me to create pieces of tangible art designed to not just showcase the deep, physical beauty of our country, but art that tells the story of America itself, her people, their struggles and triumphs. What I often call Painting the Soul of America.
When I stand or walk upon the great earth that is our nation, I am forever scanning the horizon, scanning how best to read and render the majestic landscape, its’ swaying grass, sturdy trees, flowing rivers, translucent brooks and streams, how to catch the constant give and take between land and sea, the complex and the simplicity of color dancing across the countryside, breathtaking vistas, kissed and embraced by the sun, they are awe inspiring unto themselves, yet I find they become truly rich and magical, alive, when the extraordinary stories of our nation are intertwined with the natural beauty of these magnificent lands.
Though I work in other mediums, including oils and watercolor, it is pastels that are my medium of choice for the majority of my finished work. They are pure, immediate, and luminous, all important components in my interaction with and interpretation of the American landscape. They are durable, and offer great flexibility, which I find, allows me the freedom to express and apply a wide range of techniques, necessary to capture the power and strength of the treasured lands, shores, and properties of our country.
Jeff has won numerous awards in national exhibitions across the United States and holds the distinction of Signature Artist in the following groups – Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Maine, Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Pastel Society of America. He is also a Master Circle Artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. A life long resident of Massachusetts, Jeff graduated from Saugus High School and has Business Degree from Salem State University. He is also a member of the Saugus High School Athletic Hall of Fame for Ice Hockey and Soccer.