Jack, born in Sun Valley, Idaho, experienced the gift of youth in an environment that has attracted artists of a wide variety. His childhood immersion in the sport of ski racing provided a foundational experience that would lead him toward the artists’ path. Traveling to mountainous regions throughout North America reinforced his love of nature and her animals. In promotion of this interest he graduated from Weber State University in Utah with a B.A. in Art and Biology Education.
Teaching these subjects in Utah high schools enabled him to launch his career as a full time artist. Always drawing on information provided by other artists, Jack Koonce’s beautiful results are furthered by their encouraging suggestions, especially studying nature, a concept now infused into his work, painting, drawing and observing the ‘master teacher’.
The results of his approach are exemplified through national juried and invitational exhibitions. Most notably he has exhibited in the Oil Painters of America national shows in Chicago IL, Washington D.C. and Carmel, CA (1996, 1998, 2000) as well as making appearances in the C.M. Russell Live Auctions and museum benefits (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000).
In 1998 he was honored in a four-person show at the Museum of the Old West in Cheyenne, WY and within the same year his artwork toured the nation representing the ‘Top 100 Paintings’ in the Art for the Parks exhibit in Jackson Hole, WY. Jack’s work is also shown every fall at the invitational Thomas Gilcrease Museum exhibit, American Art in Miniature in Tulsa, OK.
Jack is represented by numerous galleries and has been published in Wildlife Art Magazine, in ‘The Prize of Humanity’ November/December 1998.