Born and raised in New York City, Jay's early art creations were greatly influenced by comic book artists such as John Romita, Steve Ditko, and Jim Steranko. During the late 70's and early 80's, Jay tried unsuccessfully to join the artistic ranks of both Marvel and DC comics. By 1982, he had become discouraged with the comic book style art that he had been doing, and proceeded to drastically change his style of art. This was the year that he plunged headlong into Pen & Ink Pointillism. Over the next few years, Jay was able to display his art in shows all throughout NYC, Long Island, Connecticut, Florida, and Maryland, and became a member of various art groups such as: The Huntington Township Art League, The Long Island Black Artist Association, The Harlem StreetGallery, and The Baltimore County Artists Guild. Jay has since abandoned the Pen & Ink Pointillism style (Too costly and time consuming) and now focuses on creating art utilizing Colored Pencils and Ink. He currently resides in Elkridge, MD. with his two daughters, Taja and Kassandria.