I began my career in art not with painting, but by purchasing a failing gallery at seventeen with money I saved from working odd jobs. At nineteen, I had the cash and customer base to open Reflections On Canvas Gallery in Westfield, NJ, a gallery that met with much success.
Three years after receiving a set of paints from my wife for Christmas, I became the first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist in 1993 and I still proudly hold that privilege.
I tend to gravitate toward iconic American companies or figures when choosing a licensure. The list is constantly growing but currently includes: Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates, Elvis Presley Enterprises and as mentioned Harley-Davidson. My art can be found in over 90 countries, numerous museums, and over 100 luxury cruise ships.
Following my incredible success as an artist, in June 2012 my daughter, Alexa and I starred on ABC’s show, “Secret Millionaire”. The show was an incredibly humbling experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of and cherish the experience I had with my daughter.
My images can be seen on many objects from limited edition graphics to Franklin Mint Collector Plates, coffee mugs, beach towels, clocks and many others. You can find my images on Harley- Davidson’s best selling t-shirts, silk shirts, and numerous magazine covers. 2010 saw the release of my second book, The Art of Scott Jacobs – The Complete Works.
I was introduced to airbrush back in 1988 while attending a workshop for Airbrush Action Magazine in New York. This is where I used my first airbrush, an Iwata HPSB, and as a testament to the quality of Iwata I still use this brush today.
Barry Jackson and Thomas Blackshear were the two instructors that really inspired me during the course. These two incredible artists really opened my eyes to the benefits of airbrushing and how amazing of a tool it is. The workshop showed me that the use of airbrush creates affects that otherwise would be impossible.
I mainly use airbrush when trying to capture the realism in clouds, a woman’s skin, or even the details on a custom motorcycle.
The materials I use when airbrushing include:
- Liquitex acrylic paint
- Belgian linen
- Arches 300 lb. paper
- Film canisters to mix water and paint
- 3M blue paint tape
- Pin striping tape
I have tried various airbrushes but have always gravitated back to quality and precision of Iwata. I have an extensive collection of Iwata brushes that I use. My favorite current models are Custom CH and CMSV. I also use an Iwata studio series air compressor.
A word of advice for anyone using airbrush for the first time is “clean it!” it is crucial! I clean my airbrush thoroughly after each use. These tools are of the highest quality and deserve the same pride in ownership that you would give a vintage motorcycle or rare car.
Photos of My Work