It could be said that Jack became an artist because his boss's car blew up. Working as a manager for a small printing company in his native Nebraska, he drew a cartoon of the disaster. His talent was noticed and he eventually became a designer and senior art director for a local ad agency, but eventually left the agency to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. Davis, who is predominantly self-trained, works with acrylics and pencils in both color and black-and-white. His influences form an eclectic group of artists and include such names as Charles Bragg, Virgil Partch and Fernando Botero. While much of his work conveys humor, his style goes well beyond cartooning, with a graphic sophistication that is distinguished by its attention to form, line and the interplay of light and shadow. Jack lives in Port Townsend, Washington.|
Below are his most recent picture books, Goldie and the Three Hares by Margie Palatini (Katherine Tegen Books), Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches by Lisa Broadie Cook (Putnam Juvenile), I Am the Dog by Daniel Pinkwater (Harper Collins), Bunion Burt written by Marsha Hayles (Margaret K. McElderry), Stanza written by Jill Esbaum (Harcourt Children's Books), T. Rex and the Mother's Day Hug written by Lois G. Grambling (Katherine Tegen Books), Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story written by Bill Harley(HarperCollins), and Marsupial Sue written by John Lithgow (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers).