j.d. Sipe is a self-taught artist who is best known for his outstanding portraits of blues and rock musicians. He paints with acrylics on wood and often incorporates cutouts from metal food cans or other found objects into his paintings. The paintings continue from the front of the board around the sides, making them ready to hang. He also constructs tribute pieces in mixed media, and creates portraits on paper. j.d., with his wife and 7 cats, lives in a neighborhood called "The War Zone," where he works on art and music in his converted garage. When he's not painting blues musicians, he actually is a blues musician, playing bass with some great blues bands.