JK has been painting since childhood. Born on Catalina Island, California in 1975, the artist began painting watercolors at a very early age. He studied fine art at San Clemente High School and then travelled to the high desert to gain a bachelors degree from The University of Arizona in 1998. Shortly after college, JK walked through the museums of Europe for months to study the works of the Renaissance masters. However, the ocean lifestyle of Southern California brought him back to begin his professional career. JK began to exhibit paintings at local restaurants and small galleries. The first professional painting the artist sold was at The Sol Grill in Newport Beach, titled, 'New York City Harbor, 2000’. While the artist continued to take specialized painting courses at Laguna College of Art and Design in 2001, he also apprenticed for a professional muralist in Newport Beach.
In 2002, the artist created his own commercial gallery and studio in San Clemente. The gallery provided complete artistic consulting for fine art, painting, murals and design. Two years later, the gallery relocated to the downtown area of San Clemente. In 2004, JK created Gallery 104 in San Clemente. A large downtown gallery marketing paintings, sculpture and photography. JK coordinated artist exhibits and marketed large events to the community through direct marketing and corporate advertising.
Through the successful gallery shows, JK fine art began to gain popularity with collectors and garnered appreciation by local media. In 2007, the artist's "Pier Barrel" was featured on the nationally televised 'Fuel TV' in part with a Surfrider Foundation benefit in Laguna Beach. The Orange County Register took notice of the artist in 2008 with two articles discussing a new series of ocean paintings. In 2011, the artist was juried into and exhibited 20 original paintings at Laguna Art-A-Fair which is part of the Laguna Beach Summer Festival of Arts. Collaborating with Salon Bleu in 2012, JK held two open air courtyard art shows including more than 30 paintings from 10 different artists. Gallery 207 in historic downtown Santa Ana showed original paintings and hosted a gallery show the first Saturday of every month through the end of 2012. JK held a 3 month summer show in 2013 at Anaheim’s CIM Gallery. The successful show focused on a series of ten large ocean abstract paintings. San Clemente Life Magazine, May 2013, interviews the artist and discusses new exhibits and murals projects.
JK is also taking his images to fabric and creating and marketing and men's and women's clothing line. The designs are inspired by the ocean lifestyle. The shirts are created with a Giclee’ printer that delivers vibrant colors so each shirt looks like an original painting