Jared Leake

Jared Leake is a high school art teacher and practicing artist in Santa Cruz, California. He earned his BA as an arts education major at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts where he focused his studies on painting and education. Jared received his MED-Teacher of Visual Arts degree from Lesley University/Art Institute of Boston where his concentration was high school visual arts. Currently, Jared teaches at a small private high school in the bay area. Jared’s artwork is a blend of...

Jared Leake is a high school art teacher and practicing artist in Santa Cruz, California. He earned his BA as an arts education major at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts where he focused his studies on painting and education. Jared received his MED-Teacher of Visual Arts degree from Lesley University/Art Institute of Boston where his concentration was high school visual arts. Currently, Jared teaches at a small private high school in the bay area.

Jared’s artwork is a blend of his love of abstract painting, photography and found materials. His most recent work incorporates his photography through a photo-transfer technique onto found wood. The imagery in the photographs represents current events in the world and personal happenings on a daily basis. He uses the interactions and discussions with new people to inspire his photography. Jared searches the beaches and woods for weathered and aged pieces of wood. Once he has a variety of pieces he then builds interesting low relief “sculptures”. Depending on the shape of the piece a specific photograph is used that will best work with the overall design. The transferring process reveals an aged and at times ghost like appearance to the images. Jared finds that this process enhances the mood and essence behind the photographs. Each transfer can end up with a different result and the anticipation of new and innovative works of art is what drives Jared.