Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
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Artist Jack Paluh (pronounced pa-lew), resides in northwestern Pennsylvania outside the borough of Waterford with his wife Marian. His three children live nearby.

Jack was a “constant doodler” from the time he was old enough to hold a pencil. His teachers encouraged him to continue developing his art skills. While truck driving by day and painting by night, his life changed drastically in 1982. “I was bow hunting one fall day, when my tree stand collapsed beneath me and I fell 20 feet to the ground, cracking a vertebra in my back,” Jack recalled, “but God was faithful and provided me with an opportunity to find the silver lining in a very dark cloud.”

During his recuperation period, Paluh painted a white-tailed deer painting he called Monday Morning. “That was nearly 35 years ago,” says Paluh, “and it was the beginning of my career as a self-taught fulltime nature artist.”

Inspiration of an Outdoorsman & Naturalist
“Nature continually fascinates and inspires me. I want you to feel as if you have visited the place I’m painting. The older I become, the more I realize how intricate our natural world is created. I use my time outdoors to pray, dream and compose.” Jack Paluh has received many honors in his career as an oil painter, but none more significant to him than meeting and talking with the people who have enjoyed and purchased his artwork. At an art show or a chance meeting in passing, Jack is never too busy to answer questions about his paintings or swap a few hunting stories. Whether it is painting, hunting, photography or just observing, his natural sense of humor is ever present as well as his strong faith in God. “God has truly blessed me with a job that I love,” said Paluh. “My success is through His handiwork. He provides me with an amazing outdoors to paint and enjoy. I give Him all the credit.”

Plein Air Paintings
For the last several years, Jack’s favorite workspace has been outdoors, using a technique called Plein Air Painting. These are works painted outdoors or “out in the open.” Plein Airs are painted in a short period of time to capture lighting and color temperatures. This capture of natural light and color enables him to carry these small studies back to the studio and bring large paintings to life. Recently Jack purchased a compact camper as a ‘studio on the road.’ This enables him to travel and create his paintings with some of the comforts of home.

The Next Painting Jack also welcomes individual and corporate commissions of his artwork. In this artist’s heart, there is always another painting around the bend. Often people will ask Paluh which painting is his favorite. With a smile, he always states, “My next one!”

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