A former Museum Director and Design Director for The National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, Jeffrey has produced international museum projects with institutions such as The Smithsonian, The White House, The Vatican Museums, The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Walt Disney World’s EPCOT and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Inspired by art and design since childhood, Jeffrey recalls, “My fourth-grade class went to New York’s Museum of Natural History. It was a formative experience. The wildlife dioramas amazed me. So realistic, I could not tell where dimensional foregrounds merged into the painted backgrounds. I had no idea how much this fieldtrip would influence my art and spark my passion for designing museums and exhibitions.”
By age 16 Jeffrey had won a first place at Yale University’s Student Art Show. In college, Jeffrey studied at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History with “The Dinosaur Man”, Pulitzer Award-winner, Professor Rudolph F. Zallinger, Artist-in-Residence.
From 1972 through 1998, Jeffrey gained national and international recognition for his design, illustration, wildlife art, figurative portraits, impressionistic landscapes and expressionistic paintings.
In describing his painting style and creative process, Jeffrey states … “As a painter I can be a photorealist, sometimes impressionist. As a designer I am also attracted to line, shape, color, texture and positive-negative spaces. I start by designing a physical collage study, a process I developed in 1968. I often add computer enhanced, digital design elements. Technically speaking, I was creating NFTs since the mid-1990s, decades before NFTs ‘existed’. Working mostly in oils, I translate my studies into complex, expressionistic, ‘painted symphonies’, immersing viewers into a world that balances elements of ‘ecological environments’ with symbols of ‘civilization and technology’.”
“The question is”, Jeffrey poses, “Is my art a vast galactic landscape or a micro-scape? Is it nature, civilization or both? Does my art express past, present or future?”
In 1996 Jeffrey established himself as international consultant and trusted advisor in development and management of Cultural Attractions, Exhibitions, Museums, Public Art, and Fine Art Asset Masterworks.