Jeff Boutin was born in 1971 in Minnesota. He grew up on a small hobby farm north of Minneapolis in Milaca. Jeff struggled with epilepsy his entire youth. Art became his diversion. Along with three other classmates, they wrote and designed their own comic book in 7th and 8th grade. In 9th grade, his art teacher recommended Jeff to a company looking for drawings and paintings of fish and wildlife. At the age of 17, he was hired by a Minneapolis company that custom painted designs on cars.
He eventually found himself in the carpet business. Within a short period of time, he purchased tufting machines from Georgia and launched Minnesota’s first carpet mill. Jeff ’s beautifully colored, hand-tufted rugs and carpets can be found in homes and businesses throughout the United States.
In 2003, Jeff sold the business and started painting full time. He has come full circle in his life and has finally found satisfaction in what he’s able to create. Although he attempted art school, he felt it was not what he needed for the direction he was taking with art. He loves the discovery of art; school just seemed to make things predictable and similar to everyone else’s art. Jeff is forging his own way in the art community.“I want my paintings to reflect great power and emotional intensity, yet a simple happiness.”
Jeff hopes that you enjoy his artwork as much as he enjoys creating it.