A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, Jay worked as an architect’s assistant before he began his studies with John Michael Angel in Toronto, Canada. Moving to Florence in 2005 as an instructor, and continuing his study of traditional painting methods at the Angel Academy of Art in Italy, Jay remained as a full-time painting and drawing instructor for many years after he graduated. He currently resides in Northern California with his talented wife, artist Naomi Marino, and their beautiful daughter. His main focus is on still-life painting as well as teaching figure and old master copy painting at the Russian River Atelier, Geyserville.
In his intensive figure workshops, Jay will be presenting a system that will develop the student's ability to paint the human figure with accuracy and force.