My original oil paintings
can be viewed at my studio.





Jim Jacobson in his studioJames A. Jacobson Biography

Encouragement by my parents to paint and draw instilled in me a love and appreciation for art at an early age. These early years were also enhanced by the beauty of growing up on the southern shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The first opportunity to display my drawings and watercolor paintings came with “Art on the Rocks” in my hometown of Marquette. I received great reviews and no sales. That was (as best I can recall) 1952. Later, however, I was commissioned to do three watercolor paintings of buildings of the University in Winnipeg. Twenty-five dollars each!

My art “career” was put on hold in favor of a more certain economic future in the field of Industrial and Technical Education with Minors in Drawing (drafting) and Design. This path led to a Bachelors Degree allowing some opportunity for a few classes in drawing and watercolor painting. Following some teaching I went on to pursue advanced degrees and a career in Educational Administration. Along the way, drawing. woodworking, building and design helped with, but never fully satisfied my thirst for “doing” fine art.

Now retired, I have found a joyful release for the urge to draw and paint which lay dormant for these many years. I truly love my oil painting experiences. The encouragement and support of my wife Chris continues to be key to my development as an artist and a person. She, along with inspiration of other artists’ work and the counsel of Fine Artist Diane Ainsworth is invaluable. So now I paint!

I believe we are a collective whole of our beliefs, background and our life experiences. I further believe this is manifested in our creative pursuits. This is particularly true of the fine arts. So, I hope you find in my work, the joy of my being alive, the discipline of the draftsman, a love and appreciation of nature and the beauty of this earth where we reside for a while. If you are touched in some way by my work I am pleased.
—Jim Jacobson