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In Denver, friends gather in Jacob’s loft where he says, “I’m the mouthpiece.” He has gone to Spain, Russia, Morocco, and the South Seas to study and sketch and been featured in American Artist, Persimmon Hill, and Southwest Art.
Ned Jacob (b.1938)

A painter of the modern West, Jacob was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee and has been living in Denver since 1966. “My goal in drawing,” he states,” is to describe the subject accurately and expressively with a minimum of means. I work quickly. I have a strong tendency to put things down simply. I just can’t seem to work slow.”
A dealer described his technique as “Ned draws the way other people talk. After growing up in New Jersey, Jacob hitchhiked to Montana with $50 and a high school diploma. He had worked as a guide and as a trading post clerk when he met the painter Ace Powell who taught him art fundamentals. Jacob lived with the Blackfeet until he hitched to Taos in 1961 because he was impressed with Nicolai Fechin’s colors. Bettina Steinke taught him drawing, A.D. Greer advised on colors, Robert Lougheed took him on field trips, and a circle of other young painters offered support.
His practice in painting is to make a small color sketch for each work because “If it’s a small painting and you find a problem, it’s a small problem.”
Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C.