A native of Maryland, Jack Garver grew up in Hagerstown. His interest in a possible career in art developed when he was asked to paint “funny pictures” on the walls of the hospital in France where he was recovering from wounds received in the Battle of the Bulge. After being discharged from the Army, he attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he received a BFA.
A distinguished teaching career began in Baltimore when he was hired in 1951 to establish an Art Department at Gilman School. He left Gilman in 1966 to chair the Art Department at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, a position he held until 1989. In both schools he taught both studio and art history classes.
While teaching, Garver had time to pursue his growing interest in watercolor, a medium whose challenges he still finds irresistible. Over the years his paintings have garnered national recognition, received many awards and are included in hundreds of private and corporate collections here and abroad.
Jack’s greatest enjoyment comes from trying to capture the essence of “new” subjects. He has derived inspiration not only from many parts of this country, but from travels in Canada, the UK, France, Spain Greece, Italy, Sicily, Norway and Egypt.
He is a Member of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Audubon Artists and various regional art organizations. In 1976 Jack was commissioned by the Navy to cover the Bicentennial activities in New York City. More than 30 of his watercolors have been published as calendar and greeting card subjects and he was twice the featured watercolorist in American Artist Magazine.