Jack Vincent Barnhill was born in France to a family that traveled the world. He has lived in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Panama, Puerto Rico and seven U.S. states. Jack has also travelled throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Jack is a retired Major in the US Army Corps of Engineers, and a veteran of Desert Storm.
Because of his travels, Jack was fascinated by the diversity and beauty of people from around the world. This led him to focus on portraits when he began painting as a form of therapy in 2005. This decision changed his life.
Although largely self-taught, Jack has studied at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, under Linda Jo Russell, Chris Warner, Franklyn Liegel and Laddie John Dill. Jack now teaches Trompe O'iel and Realism at Otis College. He creates full-scale realistic paintings in both in oil and acrylics and on canvas and panel.
Jack has had numerous shows including winning 1st Prize in the TAG Gallery California Open Exhibition in 2014. He has also appeared in the August 2010 edition of Art Collector Magazine. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America and the Pasadena Society of Artist. He is also a founding board member of Warrior Theatre, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative art therapy to survivors of child abuse.
Jack has lived in Playa del Rey, California for the past 22 years.