In 1989 Jay received two First Place awards at the first two juried shows he entered: these were the 1989 Anna Maria Island Festival of Fine Art, and a photography and painting exhibit at the Art League of Manatee County. He repeated the first prize award at the Anna Maria show the following year and since then many other significant awards have followed.
Jay’s work is often dark and thought-provoking. His photographic abstracts reflect an evolving insightful, true vision as well as a compassionate interpretation of the human condition and that of all life forms. His style is such as you might expect to see in a more metropolitan area which may seem at odds with his love of nature and markedly simple lifestyle.