Hi, there. I’m Jeff Vehige. You pronounce that VAY-GHEE. It rhymes with “Peggy.” Here are a few pertinent things about me:
- I was born in 1974, which means I am … well, you can do the math.
- I’ve been married since the beginning of 1999.
- I have four kids.
- I’m a dedicated Catholic.
- I grew up mostly in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, but I now live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
- My hobbies include reading and playing the guitar.
- I’ve been an at-home dad since my second child, my only daughter, was born in 2003.
- Before that, I worked nights at UPS for about seven years.
- Before that, I earned a BA and an MA, both in theology and both from the University of Dallas — a Catholic liberal arts school. My goal was to earn a Ph.D. in Catholic theology and be a scholar and university professor.
- Before that, I lived in a monastery for a year, discerning if God was calling me to the Catholic priesthood. He wasn’t, but that year was probably the most transformational of my life.
- Before that, I attended a local junior college, and it was during this time I fell in love with theology and philosophy.
- Before that, I lived in Los Angeles for a year, pursuing a career as a professional musician. It didn’t work out. But I did have a significant spiritual conversion in West Hollywood, of all places!
- Before that, while in high school, I waxed and waned between wanting to be a musician when I grew up or wanting to be a writer. My favorite band back then was Iron Maiden; my favorite guitar player was Randy Rhoads; my favorite writer, Stephen King.
- Though I always had a knack for drawing, I came to art late in life after rediscovering Bob Ross, who I used to watch weekly while in college. I rediscovered him in December 2016. I was 42, which is appropriate, because, you know — 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. (If you don’t get the reference, nevermind.)
- At first, painting was only to be a hobby, but a passion for art consumed me like a wildfire.
- In May 2019, I joined the Watts Online Atelier to study art on a more serious level, with a special focus on head and figure drawing and painting.
- On November 8, 2019, I officially decided I would pursue art as my “second career” — the one that will carry me into old age.
- My favorite artists include but are not limited to Cesar Santos, Jeff Watts, Vicente Romero Redondo, Carol Marine, Jim Musil, Joseph Yarnell, Tom Anderson, Joaquín Sorolla, Claude Monet, Clyde Aspevig, Paul Strisik, Johannes Vloothius, and Leon Devenice.
- My ultimate goal is to own my own gallery/studio where I can work, display and sell my paintings and drawings, and teach others. I hope to achieve this around 2030, when I am in my mid-50s.
If you want to know more about me personally, you can read my extended artistic biography beginning here.
I am sure I will write about my life frequently, so you can always peruse this link to see all my biographical posts.