Jerome Grimmer was born in Detroit, Michigan. His mother was an amateur artist, his father an amateur musician. Growing up studying piano, trumpet and music composition, Jerome’s intention was to become a classical orchestra composer/conductor. While in high school, he gave up his musical ambitions for visual arts instead. After studying fine art for two years at Principia College in Illinois, he enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles to study illustration.
Grimmer worked for a short time as a technical illustrator in the space industry followed by a three-year tour of duty in the Navy. He labored to perfect his painting skills while entering and winning many local, regional and national art competitions. Jerome was among the earliest artists to successfully use acrylic as a fine art medium and has had over thirty one-man and group shows. Through workshops and classes he has shared his knowledge with countless students. His work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and is included in The Majesty of the Grand Canyon – 150 Years in Art, published by First Glance Books.
Jerome’s subject matter is driven by his personal response to the world around him. Regarding his paintings as a visual journal of his varied experiences, he refuses to limit his scope, embracing instead a wide variety of subjects. His paintings have been critically acclaimed for their mastery in capturing light and atmosphere - qualities that make Grimmer’s paintings sought after by discriminating collectors.
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