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I am a professional artist and certified Master Penman who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. I received my Master Penman certificate through The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July of 2011. I work across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy and I am most well-known for my use of flourishing and hand lettering in the context of my art pieces.


The Pen of Ages

September 23, 2015

  During the Golden Age of Penmanship (1860-1930) masters and teachers of this art recognized that before one can effectively put pen to paper, they must first learn how to properly put hand to pen. The proper pen grip, posture and technique were vital to the success of all penman. In fact, many devises were put in place to ensure the correctness of these factors, some of which are uncomfortable to even look at. Uncomfortable though they were, they ensured proper form and function of the hand and posture overall with the promise of beautiful execution. Studying the history of proper pen grip, I thought to myself, ‘there must be a better way,’ and thus, my dedication to improvement began....

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Journey of the Rose

July 02, 2015

Before this piece took on three-dimensional life, it was an original concept drawn in pen and ink on calfskin vellum (a material that will outlive me and you and will see the next generation, and the one after that). Designed with meaningful intricacies and skillful symmetry, this piece, a theme amongst Jake’ collection, facilitates powerful truths intended to be intimately consumed by the viewer.

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