Thomas Jeffery Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Rangeland Management from Washington State University in the mid-1970’s. Since then, he’s worked in the out-of-doors throughout the western hemisphere inventorying forestlands. In the mid-1980’s Jeff studied at the Portland Art Institute’s Museum School, focusing on life and figure drawing, portraiture, caricature, and graphic design. In the 1990’s, his work focused on aerial photography interpretation, digital image processing, and digital cartography. Since 2000, Jeff has focused artistically on metal work, where he has created most of the interior furnishing and lighting for the 1908 Craftsman style bungalow he’s restored.
“Form and function simply underlie my motivation to create. I like to make things that many might go to the store to buy. Reusing high quality parts or materials is satisfying to me.”
In 2004, after successful treatment for bone cancer, Jeff started CopperPepper Productions, a sole proprietor business he uses for commissioned artwork. In 2005, he shared studio space in a large NW Portland industrial building with several other metal artists. He moved into his home studio in 2006, where he is currently developing his art.