Jacob paints with watercolor made from flowers and leaves on either watercolor canvas or Arches watercolor paper and uses salt to break up the paint to bring in depth and texture to the wings or the fur of the animal.
His works are created in a loose painterly style inspired by Sumi-e ink paintings from Asia as well as realism while working to convey the movement and character of the animal.
He also brings in Asian black ink to hone in on the details and shadows of the animals.
The expressive splatters and tiny line work shows movement, flight, or hints of a breeze fluttering across the animal. Jacob’s brushstrokes are spontaneous. He does not draw or lay down any base when beginning each piece. He only views his references for a short moment in the beginning and then puts them away to focus on bringing the animal to life by showing emotion in each stroke or a flicker of paint.
The first brush stroke has to be in that moment of letting go, to bring life to the last stroke of the composition.
Jacob actively employs these painting techniques to ignite inspiration and appreciation for the natural world, emphasizing the beauty of animals that play a prominent role in our lives.
Jacob Coble was born in Everett Washington, and has lived in Louisiana, Alaska, Dubai and spent his junior high and high school years in Puerto La Cruz Venezuela. He presently resides in Houston, TX with his wife, Hollie and their son, Lee. He is a self-taught artist, who has spent the last 20 years honing his skills in watercolor and the study of Sumi-e Asian painting. Jacob is exclusively represented by Mystic Osprey Gallery in Richmond, VA and Horizon Fine Art Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.