See What’s New from Artist Billy Jacobs

Today’s blog post features an artist profile on another customer favorite folk artist, Billy Jacobs. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are happy to have such an assortment of framed art from this artist. Recently added to the collection this winter season, is our The Mouser Print; pictured here to the left. Billy is a highly established artist of the modern era, now living in Navarre, Ohio with his wife and daughter. Billy was born in Detroit, however he spent most of his life growing up in Ohio with his four older sisters and one younger brother. Creative from the very beginning, he is a self-taught artist who has many artistic ventures to keep him busy.

A Man of Many Talents

After working for over 20 years in the craft and gift industry, he began to learn a thing or two about the nature of the folk art style. Billy uses a variety of paint mediums currently and even has worked with digital forums. In addition to being a great artist, he also enjoys creating imaginative fonts, songwriting, and even has spent time as an amateur puppeteer.

The Mouser Print shares a moment near a large red barn where a sly cat carefully awaits his next meal. At the bottom edge of the barn we spot the opening; large enough only for a mouse.¬†Artist Billy Jacobs doesn’t disappoint with his usual attention to detail and appreciation for a farmstead landscape. It appears to be a cold winter’s day, yet no snow has fallen. We are able to assume the barn’s old age, due to its weathered barn board and distressed presence. In the distance there is another white farm house, but nobody appears to be home. Its textured finish gives it the look of a real oil painting. Set in a black, wood-look frame, this print is made here in the USA.

The Road Home

Taking a perhaps more serious note than The Mouser, is¬†The Road Home Print, shown here to the right. Leading our eyes up a rural path back “home,” this painting was also the inspiration and cover for Billy’s 2010 publication of The Road Home; a collection of over 100, full color photos of his amazing art work. Interestingly, the authors of the book were his daughter Sarah, and niece Rachel, who help to explain how Billy Jacob’s art became what is is today.

~ Browse more artwork from Billy Jacobs at SYW today.

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