I have been painting in watercolor for over 30 years. I specialize in marine life and tropical subjects, and create some non-tropical art as well. I also love photography, and like to combine the two mediums of painting and photography, and to blur the boundary between them. With alternative photographic and printing processes utilizing Polaroid films, I make and hand paint my own one-of-a-kind "original" prints.
Biography: I was born in 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas. Growing up on the Texas coast, I spent a lot of time at the beach and fishing with my Dad, and grew to love the ocean and seashore. I graduated in 1972 from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art. I also minored in biology and hoped to find a career that included both art and science. In 1973, I moved to Austin, where I took a job with the State of Texas, and received training in cartography, the art and science of which fit my plans pretty well. To supplement my income in the early days of my career as a cartographer, I spent evenings and weekends doing freelance graphic design for local businesses, including the fledgling Austin music industry, where I had the opportunity to create and publish music concert posters for local venues, including Willie Nelson’s Austin Opry House. Several of my posters are now in the permanent collection of the University of Texas Center for American History in Austin. In 1983, I founded Jacobson Associates, Inc. to provide cartography and graphic design services to businesses in Austin and the surrounding area. Also in that year, I married Julian "Kent" Jacobson. Kent and I spent our honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico where I had my first opportunity to snorkel and observe the colorful marine life of a tropical coral reef. I fell in love with the ocean all over again, and Kent and I began to travel to tropical places every chance we got. In 1987, I joined Tobin International, Ltd., and participated in the creation of a computerized map of the original Texas land survey. During my 14 years with Tobin, I spent my time on weekends painting watercolors, and joined Austin's Waterloo Watercolor Group. During this time, I was also very busy developing photographic skills and building a large collection of photographic images, mostly of marine life and tropical subjects. After becoming certified to scuba dive in 1994, I took up underwater photography. I have taken thousands of photos of marine life which provide endless inspiration for my paintings. Kent and I are now master divers and participate in frequent dive expeditions to study and photograph marine life. We are active supporters of a number of marine and coral reef conservation organizations. I left Tobin in 2001 to become a full time artist, photographer and webmaster.
Country: United States
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