Jeffers Fine Art...
fine art of beauty, distinction and enduring value
Jack's first photo, circa 1947. Note the string tied to his toe to operate the shutter.
Before moving from
Virginia to Wyoming’s Wind River country in 1997, and his final move to
Colorado in 2008, Jack Jeffers spent almost forty years documenting the
vanishing people and landscapes of the Appalachians. His is a poetic and
classical view of rural America, and he portrays the land in a traditional and
representational genre. Each of Jeffers' museum-quality images is a projection
of his artistry and vision of the world.
After moving west
in 1997, Jeffers broadened his artistic skills, combining transparent oils with
some of his silver images. The finished works of art are both a photograph and
a painting. Jack worked in subtle, layered tones that are quite different from
the options available in color photography. The images are Jack’s from
conception, to the camera and darkroom, and finally to the brush. Because the
oil pigments he used will also endure indefinitely, his mixed-media works, like
his silver sulfide originals, will remain for the enjoyment of future
The spring of 2005 represented a major turning point in Jack's life. He printed his last silver-sulfide image. It was a change that had been in the making for a number of years, but became a reality when he used his final sheet of his favorite printing paper.
Over the decades, Jack carefully put aside many of his rare vintage and more recent western images, and in 2006 and again in 2015, he made large donations to Radford University, Radford, VA. In the spring of 2011, he donated another significant body of images to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Sizeable collections of his work are also found at Longwood University, Carson-Newman College, Ferrum, College and the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, VA.
Jack has personally published two books about the Appalachians, and numerous articles about his work have been published over the years with short essays and photographs illustrating his years as an active artist who documented the last of the mountain people in Virginia and the surrounding region. Feature stories have appears in such papers as the Denver Post, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Constitution.
At 82, Jack still cuts all our firewood with a bow saw!
Now at age 82, Jack has no regrets about hanging up his heavy film camera pack and switching to the latest in digital technology. He now thinks "pixels" rather than "silver particles". But his view of the world around him has not changed. He is still inspired by the gentle, the noble and dignified, and the beautiful unfolding of life as he sees it.