Jay Mercado is an American painter born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in San Francisco, California. He studied at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts and Academy of Art College. He is Known for his still life paintings of illuminated natural objects, that are often out of context and over scale, he finds inspiration in the offerings of the land and communities around him.
His new body of work is a fresh series of paintings based upon his fascination with a region of San Francisco known as Lands End. There he explores the balance between nature’s opposing forces, the tension of opposites and the space between them.