Jake Mol first received public interest across North America in 1964 with a published portrait of J.F. Kennedy. Since going public in 1969 he had received many awards in juried shows, and by 2015 participated in over 90 solo/duo shows and numerous group shows. Jake was an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, a signature member of Toronto Watercolour Society, a charter member of the Vodka Painters of Canada and a member or associate member of numerous North American art societies. He was a respected and sought after painter, instructor and juror. He taught at the Haliburton School of the Arts for many years. Three of his larger than life size charcoal portraits of 1880's Indian Chief's "Joseph", "Santanta" and "Little Raven" are displayed in the Crazy Horse Museum in South Dakota.
Jake loved the outdoors, the Canadian Shield and worldwide scenes can be found in many of his on- location paintings. Jake's art work, mostly in transparent watercolour since 1975, started to pioneer with the use of a special GoldenVarnish for paper works, which eliminates the use of glass as protection, on over one thousand watercolour paintings since 1997. Several of these have been exposed continuously in outdoor sculptures for many years in the Canadian climate. He pioneered the use of a board called Dura Plast, light weight and sturdy, which makes the varnished painting immune to mould and ultra violet light. This method is now slowly being accepted and used by watercolour artists of note across the world. In addition to his long career as a painter, Jake created a series of whimsical sculptures made with reclaimed materials and old farm implements. His work “The Homesteaders”, which he donated to the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, brings together his work as a sculptor and a painter. Jake’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Jake passed away in 2018 at 83 years old, surrounded by his family.
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a preserved body, but rather to skid out, having had love and joy with a partner, family, friends, and associates; experiencing good and bad, learning, loving, painting, discovering, detecting, travelling, enjoying scenery, harvesting, fishing, until physically worn out, while remembering the good life, and wishing those left behind the best that future will allow them."
- Jake Mol