Artist Spotlight: Tim Jacob

“Nightly Neighborhood Hovering” by Tim Jacob, acrylic, 20×30.


“I often use chairs as props as they are versatile in their use and easy to maneuver. Surrealism has fascinated me since I was young. René Magritte is a favorite, and my art is slowly moving in that direction. Combining the surreal with my common roadviews is part of that evolution.” 


Tim Jacob began painting regularly in 2002 and uses a technique he calls “puddle painting.” It is watery overlays of color bordering impressionism. The technique came to him after spilling coffee one morning. It is a slow process and allows him to play and have fun while painting. He also experiments with a palette knife in some portraits and Delta scenes.

How to contrast both natural and artificial light is a constant theme of Jacob’s cityscapes. For scenes at night and inside, he first paints his canvas black and then attempts to bring light to each work. Although he’s far from a pluviophile, rainy night traffic is a favorite scene to paint as the reflected light explodes from all angles.

Much of Jacob’s work is of the Delta. The flat, desolate, stark, countryside comes alive every spring and is unique to the Mid-South. It is a special place to him, and in many ways, a step back in history and lifestyle. The older water towers and the miles and miles of crop rows are typical of the slow-moving pace of life in the small hamlets of east Arkansas, western Mississippi and northeast Louisiana.

As a tribute to his kids, Jacob hides the initials “JT” in each piece for his son and daughter, Justin and Taylor. It started as a game when they were young, and he’s continued it ever since. Jacob’s art has been shown in San Diego, Nashville and all over Arkansas.

Find Jacob’s work online at and locally at The Galleries at Library Square, BA Framer and Heights Apothecary & Hemp Co.

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