Jeff Weaver began drawing and painting at an early age. In his high school years, he won awards in drawing & sculpture in the Boston Globe state-wide art competitions. After graduating from high school, he entered the Boston Museum School. In 1972 he took up residence in Gloucester sketching and painting the waterfront on an almost daily basis.
In his early years in the city, he worked at various waterfront jobs, as well as from commissions for boat portraits from fishing vessel captains, and for murals in commercial establishments and private homes. This eventually led to many years of commercial work, including over 30 murals painted in different parts of the city.
Returning to fine art pursuits in the 1990s, Jeff again focused on depicting Gloucester and its scenes in various media. His work has been shown at the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association; Ogunquit Art Association and has won numerous awards including the 2003 Driscoll Award, 2005 Best in Show Rockport Art Association; and 2005 Gloucester Historic Commission Preservation Award. Weaver won “Best in Show” in 2007 at Mystic Maritime International Show.
Weaver’s work reflects his long connection to the region, and his fascination with the architectural diversity. The painting, “Downtown Gloucester”, ca. 2005, 30” x 40”, nicely framed is of the corner of Pleasant and Prospect Street in winter. The sun illuminates the Pleasant Street houses, with the iconic Gloucester City Hall in the background. Weaver works in the American Realist Tradition, influenced by developments in 20th century painting and its emphasis on gestural brushwork, line, and compositional structure.