Whiteface Mountain
12 x 24 in.
Oil on stretched linen

At the young age of 14, Jay Brooks began painting journey under the plein air instruction of Charles Movalli. In 1988, Brooks received his B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and in 1990 he received his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Jay Brooks currently resides in Callicoon, New York, and shows at the River Gallery in Narrowsburg, New York.

In 2001, Brooks entered the Arts for the Parks competition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and had four paintings in the top 100. In the fall of 2017, Brooks was a participant in the Cape Ann Plein Air competition and Plein Air Easton 2018, where he received an honorable mention for the quick draw competition. At the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in August 2018, Brooks received the following awards: Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce Award, Artists Choice Award, and First Place. Jay Brooks will also be participating in Cape Ann Plein Air 2018.

Brooks is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City where he shows regularly.

Teaching art has also been a big part of Brooks’ life. He has been an art instructor at the high school in Monticello, NY for the last 25 years. Brooks would like to pass the torch of making art to his students so they can keep the tradition of painting and drawing alive.

View more of Jay’s work at JayBrooksArtist.com.