Jay Stormer's drawing and painting were encouraged from a very early age by a family that included several professional artists.
His first printmaking work was done at Dartmouth College in undergraduate graphic arts courses with Professor Ray Nash. Woodcuts and wood engraving were his primary focus, but etching and drypoint as well as some book design and typography were also studied.
Art history was also part of an education with Ray Nash. Mounting a display of Renaissance woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), from Dartmouth's collection was one of his class projects. Dürer has remained an inspiration for Jay's printmaking. Among contemporary artists Barry Moser has been a major influence.
A college major in earth science led to a career as a university professor and scientist doing research in mineralogy and geochemistry. However, whenever time and access to facilities permitted, art was also a serious pursuit, primarily printmaking as well as drawing and watercolor painting.
Nature, particularly birding, is a special interest that inspires many of the prints. Photography and working with images has always been part of Jay's scientific work as well as his art. Personal photographs are often used as reference for the prints.
Now, located in Brunswick, ME, with time and space for a studio, printmaking is Jay's primary focus at the Redstart Press.