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Jack Skinner

Jack Skinner

Waltham, MA

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Currently living in Waltham, Massachusetts, I was born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts. I graduated from Watertown High School in 1968, and I was accepted by Boston University School of Fine Arts and also Northeastern University by the College of Criminal Justice. Not wanting to become a "starving artist", I opted for studies in Law Enforcement. I kept art as a hobby.
I have been a police officer since 1972 for the Concord, Massachusetts Police Department. I am also a Police Composite Sketch Artist. Officially, I have been a police sketch artist since 1996. As a police sketch artist, aside from having a little ability in art one must possess good interviewing skills. It's the job of the artist to produce on paper a likeness of a "Bad Guy" from the memory of a witness or victim.This "likeness", unfortunately will never be a portrait, but more of a caricature, were the investigating officers can use it to identify suspects or eliminate potential suspects. I work with pencils and a BIG eraser.
As a Sketch Artist , I was taught by Rick and Carrie Parks of the Parks Institute for Forensic Art. They travel the country teaching police officers how to draw. I still attend their classes every several years for recertification as a Sketch Artist. I also attended the FBI Academy course on Facial Imaging in February, 2000.
After being placed in the middle of society's "little problems" on a daily basis, it is nice to come home and escape to my art for some relaxation. I mainly work with acrylics, since my last oil painting sat in the corner for 4 years gathering dust while it "dried". In 2009, I also began painting with pastels. I became a student of Jeanne Smith and still take much needed lessons in pastel. I am a member of the Concord Art Association and a juried artist member in the Cape Cod Art Association.

 
 

Sunset at Cape Cod Canal

 
 

A Salute to the Greatest Generation

 
 

January Sunrise

 
 

Sunset Surfer

 
 

Sunday Walk with Dad

 
 

Wintery night at Thoreau's Cove

 
 

Blue Pitchers and Apples

 
 

The Shiver and Shake Watch on Christmas Eve

 
 

New England Winter Crossing

 
 

HO HO GO...

 
 

Longfellow's Grist Mill In Winter

 
 

Ray Emerson's Old Barn

 
 

Call out the Plows

 
 

Silent Knight

 
 

The Toy Shop

 
 

Thoreau's Cabin

 
 

End of the Day

 
 

The Bouys were hung on the shack with care

 
 

Elm Street Bridge on a Winter's Morn

 
 

Winter Brook

 
 

Old North Bridge in Winter

 
 

Road to the Ice House

 
 

Jeff The Seagull

 
 

Acadia National Park

 
 

Bear Island Lighthouse