"I find inspiration in nature and it’s efficiency in design. Natural design is everything it needs to be and nothing more."
Jay opened his studio in 1982 with his wife and fellow artist Cindy. McDougall’s early years were spent designing and building original pieces of furniture. He has also been a contributing writer for Fine WoodWorking Magazine. His current body of sculpted work is the distillation of this career spent pursuing economy of line and form. Jay has garnered numerous national awards for excellence in his field while maintaining an exhibition schedule that includes the most prestigious venues across the country. Jay was also selected as a 2008 McKnight Foundation Fellowship recipient.
He received his BS degree in Industrial Education with an emphasis in Wood Technology and Furniture Design from UW Stout, Menomonie, WI. Jay has also studied with Tage Frid, Dale Nish, and Lissi Oland. Influences include the works and philosophies of George Nakashima, James Krenov, and Constantin Brançusi. His career as a self-employed artist and his work continue to evolve.