At 50, he and his wife, botanical watercolourist,
Stephenson, took early retirement from teaching and moved
to Suffolk where they both have studios.
Jack sees himself as working in the ongoing English
figurative tradition and, perhaps unfashionably, values classic
drawing skills above all as the basis of successful painting. Although
he also paints landscapes and still-lifes, Jack is primarily a portraitist
working to commission and has made the modern ‘conversation
piece’ something of his own speciality.
He lists as his principal influences: Velazquez,
William Nicholson, William Orpen, John Singer Sargent, John Ward,
R.A. and, especially, Ken
Howard, R.A. under whom he studied figurative composition
Jack has been a member of the Suffolk Group for
10 years and is currently its treasurer. He is also President of