Jeremy Harper was born on November 26, 1969 in Ojai California. He was raised in Santa Barbara near the beach with an affinity and appreciation for the natural beauty of our coastline. From an early age he committed himself to drawing and painting from life. His passion eventually led him to The San Francisco Art Institute from which he graduated in 1994 with a primary focus on large figurative paintings. Perhaps Jeremy’s most significant aspect of his education was the time he spent abroad. Over 60 countries enriched his life with culture and adventure. He kept elaborate journals full of experiences and sketches along the way.
In 1998 Jeremy moved back to Santa Barbara and was introduced to plein air painting through the generous teachings of Meridith and Whitney Abbott, Michael Drury and John Iwerks. The Oak Group Painters impressed and inspired Jeremy with their amazing talent, history and dedication to preserving the land. It was a tremendous honor for Jeremy to be invited into the group in 2009.
“There was moment when I realized that I was going to be painting this magnificent scenery for the rest of my life. An elation settled into my bones as I thought., ‘I just won the biggest lottery on earth’ . It is an indescribable joy that continuously feeds my soul” -Jeremy Harper