Jay grew up in the Southwest Kansas town of Fowler and now lives in Lincoln with his wife, Ruth. They have two children, Nate and Katie, and two grandchildren, Olivia and Ben. Jay earned a PhD degree in Immunology at the University of Kansas and as a scientist, researched and developed vaccines for food producing and companion animals. He began painting following retiring from Pfizer Animal Health.
As a scientist I’ve always been excited about discovery and creating something new. Abstract painting, like scientific research, also gives me the opportunity to discover and create. I like to experiment with different techniques to see what effect I can create. Most often a painting turns out different than what I had in mind when I started it. Sometimes it seems as if the painting is leading me to its finish
Most of my paintings are abstracts, or extractions of something seen or perhaps unseen in nature including the universe and unseen energy. They are apart from concrete reality. Some of my paintings deal with strokes of paint that suggest a means of communication i.e. language or figures that might tell a story. Many paintings are non-objective and
perhaps unknowable and invite you, the viewer, to bring your unique experience to enjoy each artistic piece.