Jeff was born in the mid-fifties to a musically and artistically inclined family of Tennessee-Virginia stock. Lacking any musical ability, he spent most of his childhood drawing. One of his fondest memories of his misspent youth was repeatedly watching his mother adroitly draw one mean Popeye on demand. To this day, he still wishes he could draw the old tar as well as she could.
Years later, he married the love of his life and so became an in-law to Jim and Barb Stork, two great local artists. He also worked in the same building (in a non-art job) with Gene Lehman, one of the greatest all-around artists of this or any other generation. Being exposed to these three inspired Jeff to start working in earnest.
He resides unobtrusively in Ohio with his wife and daughter, who luckily takes after her mother.