Naming the Days (Rain in May, Platte Valley), 2000, oil on canvas, 42" x 120", Collection of Sonia and John Breslow.
Keith Jacobshagen was born in 1941 in Wichita, Kansas, and he now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he has been a painting professor at the University of Nebraska since 1968. He began working as an illustrator for Hallmark cards in 1965, where he created one of their top selling cards. His art training followed at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Art Center School in Los Angeles and the University of Kansas.
Jacobshagen paints every day. He goes to the country to draw and photograph scenes that become the catalysts for his oil paintings. He also paints from memory and imagination, claiming that these “are the most exciting to do.” His works are a composite of realism and imagination. He works on several paintings at a time to keep them “alive and fresh.” If he is not satisfied with the painting, he will continue to go back and work on it until it is finished.
He loves what he calls the “minimal landscape” of Nebraska with its big sky and low horizon. He wants viewers to enter into his works and know the essence of that place where they live.