Jack Skinner







Jack Skinner

Jack Skinner

Waltham, MA


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.


Nature's Lawn Ornament


Sunset At Sesuit Harbor


A Rainy Day Stroll with Mom


Red Sox number nine


Twilight at Fenway Park


Red Sox Number six


Fenway's Garden Gnome


Fishing Trawler at Rest


Clouds over the Island


Officer Picasso Police Sketch Artist


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




Longfellow's Grist Mill In Winter


Ray Emerson's Old Barn


Call out the Plows


Silent Knight


The Toy Shop