"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."