Jack was born and lived in Shelburne until grade 4 when his family relocated to New Minas in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.
While living in New Minas his parents arranged for art lessons from a local artist. At age 11, he was instructed in oils for only a short time before the family returned to Shelburne.
His family settled just a short distance from The Cooper’s Inn. Jack later worked with Lawrence Smith (no relation) as an apprentice cooper right here on Dock Street. Barrel Making wasn’t to be Jack’s vocation.
He went on to study at Saint Mary’s University gaining both a B.Sc and B.Ed. and returned to Shelburne teaching for 30 years. Part of his legacy was to have a painting placed in the Saint Mary's University Library as well as a mural in one of the tunnels joining student residence towers.
Though he greatly enjoyed his years teaching hundreds of wonderful local students he chose to retire early to spend more time on his passion for art.
Jack is self-taught in pencil, pen and ink, oils, acrylics and watercolors.
He had the honour of having a painting placed the 2013 Sharing the View Calendar, a fundraising effort of Feed Nova Scotia, promoted on CBC’s Information Morning.
His style would be considered realism with a strong accent on detail. It is both labour intensive and time consuming. Subject matter is rather wide open and covers a broad-brush stroke as long as it is an arrangement that is both appealing and interesting to the observing eye.
Pleasantly, commission work has been keeping him busy over the last few years. There has been little time to complete any significant volume of original works for display or sale.
That's his ultimate goal.
See examples of Jack’s watercolours available for purchase in The Cooper’s Inn Breakfast Room. Those pictured below and others have been sold. The still life with the pumpkins/squash as well as others are available for sale at The Cooper's Inn.