Jake will quickly tell you that painting is just his ‘hobby’ but he’s been doing it for about twenty years. He lives right next to the railroad tracks in the middle of the town of Thomson, where he sits on his big front porch with his newly finished paintings nailed to the wall. He grew up not far from there on a farm where his family share-cropped. It was a tough life and he learned some tough lessons from his father about the value of hard work, honesty and treating people right. After his work as the groundskeeper for the local cemetery is done, Jake spends his time painting the people and animals he’s seen while up to eight televisions play simultaneously. He says a TV needs to be ‘exercised’ to keep it working.