Born and raised in Greenville, Miss. during the 40s, Jake's roots as an artist reach back to his childhood and extend into the present. Jake was a painter for more than a decade before he began direct carving in 1974. A resident of Elkhart, Ind. for 21 years, he often uses local materials, including wood from fallen trees and excess limestone from nearby quarries. Recycled materials are core parts of his work, with used nails, bones and scrap metal figuring prominently in his sculptures, and articles like paper, rags and plastic wrappers appearing in his paintings.
Jake's artistic pursuits have taken him as close to home as South Bend and Indianapolis, Ind. and as far away as Italy, Greece and France. He invites those who view his work to ask themselves two questions: "What in the hell is he doing?" and, "How do I make my life better from this day forward?" Visit his website for more information.
Music: "FHH 27" by FREE Hip Hop Beats(www.soundcloud.com/freebeatshiphop/)
Photos: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis