Kent Jacobson

Kent Jacobson was born near the Oregon-California border. A good part of his childhood was spent in the outdoors of both states. Drawn by nature, Kent developed passions for camping, observing wildlife and eventually fly fishing.

A life-long passion for art also started at an early age and he took every art class possible.

Settling in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 18, Kent went to work for a large jewelry chain and discovered the creative side of the jewelry business. The Gemological Institute of America, as well as many fine craftspeople, taught him most aspects of the jewelry trade and he started his own jewelry manufacturing business in 1966.

Kent's company initially produced merchandise for retail stores around the country. However for last 20 or so years they have primarily been a custom order jewelry design and manufacturing business.

Most of Kent's current clients are private individuals and his work has been featured on national and local television news shows. Word-of-Mouth recommendations, editorials in the jewelry buyers guides and Kent's reputation for creativity, keep the jewelry business thriving.

Reproducing a likeness of a client's special request is the forte of Taylor and Jacobson. Producing primarily classic and contemporary pieces, past projects have included gold and sometimes gemstone-studded boats, cars, carrousel animals, pets and other subjects special to our clients. Always attracted to nature, Kent has produced wildlife jewelry in both precious metals and fine gems.

While concentrating on the jewelry business, he never lost focus on producing wildlife sculpture and paintings. Years of travel to Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states in pursuit of fly fishing, brought him in contact with wildlife, including scores of bears. Naturally, bears, trout and salmon dominate his work.

A nine-foot walking brown bear, made up of cast stone, is proudly featured at the University of California Berkeley campus and the Lindsey Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, has many of his sculptures. Private collectors worldwide own the majority of his paintings and sculptures as well as his custom jewelry. It is quite common for a collector to acquire Kent's art in all three media forms.

Although Kent has produced many bronzes, his favorite sculpting medium is cast granite "It allows me to feature glass eyes. I believe the eyes are the most distinctive characteristic of the finished work."

Subjects are sculpted in clay then rubber molded and cast using the lay-up method. The lay-up method keeps the weight down and allows for appendages. After removing each sculpture from the initial mold, they are formed, textured and individually painted, making each an original.

Many of Kent's sculptures are animal busts, allowing for detail to be concentrated in the subjects head and face. Kent will frequently sculpt or paint subjects to the dimensions of animals recorded in the various fish and game record books.

Although his sculptures can be either wall or pedestal mounted, he prefers the pedestal mounts saying "I believe the pedestal honors the animal". Kent makes his own pedestals using natural granite and marble. Using intarsia techniques, he pieces together different colors of stone to form a design that compliments the subject.

Kent's paintings reflect his passion for the outdoors and in particular fly fishing. His use of colors to depict time of day combined with the natural colors of his subjects make his oil paintings spectacular.

Many years of observing nature allow have him to accurately reproduce the posture, attitude and behavior of his subjects. Most of Kent's original paintings are in oil on board or canvas and many have been reproduced by the giclee method on canvas.

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Kent Jacobson

Kent Jacobson

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