Have been drawing and sketching since childhood, and later at the age of 14, painting in oils and acrylic, also pastels, as well as working with modeling clay and making molds. From 1975 to 2013 my paintings (www.jerrykool.com ) have covered a wide range of subjects, Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes and Wildlife. Since 1990 I have been inspired by the stories from Irish Celtic Mythology – especially old Celtic Romances. These wonderful tales are the folklore of a people to whom story telling came as naturally as breathing, and even after many centuries still make fascinating reading. They satisfy a need that is deep in the human spirit.
June 01 2002 a fire burnt down my studio. I had two large trunks in my studio, one of which contained my 17 journals and studies of flora and fauna and human figures in pencil, charcoal, and pastels, and all of the painting formulas which I had to devise because of being color blind (a handicap for an artist, but one which I overcame). The other trunk contained photos, newspaper articles, gallery brochures, magazine articles and letters which I had collected over twenty-two years.
Losing the sixteen paintings I had been working on for eighteen months for my show in the Irish Writers Museum was devastating, but losing my journals (17) and all of the references materials and letters of correspondence which I had collected over twenty-two years was devastating. I can still produce art, but I will never be able to replace my journals and letters.
It has been a tough few years since the fire, and I have found that teaching young kids about art has helped me to slowly come to terms with my loss.
2002 Irish Writers Museum One Man Show (canceled because paintings were destroyed by fire)
2001 Irish Arts Fair – RDS, Dublin One Man Show
2000 Drogheda Arts Centre, Co Louth Group Show
1999 Sunlight Studios Balbriggan Group Show 1998 Sunlight Studios Balbriggan Group Show 1997 Sunlight Studios Balbriggan Group Show 1996 Sunlight Studios Balbriggan Group Show 1995 Sunlight Studios Balbriggan Group Show 1979 The (Second) Third Policeman One Man Show 1980 The Abbey Theater One Man Show Exhibitions (USA)
1991 1990 Art Quest Gallery, Gold Beach, Oregon One Man Show 1989 Natureland Gallery, Bandon, Oregon One Man Show 1988 Art Quest Gallery, Gold Beach, Oregon Group Show 1987 Natureland Gallery, Bandon, Oregon Group Show 1986 Rose Theater Gallery, Portland, Oregon Group Show 1985 Gladstone Gallery, San Francisco Group Show 1984 City Gallery, San Francisco Group Show 1983 City Gallery, San Francisco Group Show 1982 Westport Gallery, Mendocino, California One Man Show 1981 Pat Carey Gallery, San Francisco Group Show