Jack Eidson, Jr. was born in 1945 in Houston, Texas and moved with his parents to Weatherford, Texas at the age of four, where he was raised through high school. He attended the University of the South in Sewanee, TN; Weatherford College; Austin College in Sherman, TX for two years; and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting and Finance. He earned his Certified Public Accountant credential in 1973. His career in banking, public accounting and mortgage investments spanned from 1968 through 2005, primarily in San Antonio, Texas.
Eidson is largely a self-taught painter, however his interest in art started at an early age when he first studied at the Clara Brown School of Art in Weatherford at the age of 10. He then studied basic drawing at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in the summer of 1962. From that time until about 1989, Eidson’s art production was sporadically intertwined with his education, professional career and family obligations. In 1989, the painting bug bit again and he started painting in earnest. He then studied drawing, figurative drawing, composition and multi-media art at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts in San Antonio in 2003 and 2004 and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 2007.
After raising a daughter and a son, Eidson and his wife, Judy, moved “home” in 2005, from San Antonio to their ranch near Poolville & Whitt, Texas in far northwest Parker County. Here, he set up his studio and has retired from his first life with the left-side of his brain so as to concentrate on his second life with the right-side of his brain…his passion for painting.
Eidson works primarily in oil and currently paints landscapes, figures and still lifes with a Texas or local flavor. He often refers to his work as “Texas Impressionism.” However, he occasionally strays into the world of the abstract. Representations of his work may be found in several private collections and at the Doss Heritage and Cultural Center in Weatherford, Texas, and have been exhibited in serveral art shows. He was featured in an article in the September 2007 issue of Parker County Today magazine. Eidson holds memberships in the Weatherford Art Association and the Texas Artists Coalition in Fort Worth. He has also been represented by the Milan Art Gallery in Fort Worth. Previously, Eidson served as President of the Weatherford Art Association and is currently serving as 1st Vice-President.