You never know if you never try…an update

Back in 2014, Jerry shared the story below about his venture into art. Since then, he has explored a variety of subjects and media. His most recent venture has been revisiting the highly technical watercolor media.

Jerry’s work has been recognized. A couple works have been sold in exchange for a donation to his favorite charity, and a commission is in the works as soon as the subject matter is selected.

We share a sampling of his works here. A collection of his work can be found at

May 2020

Shortly before I retired, I got to wondering if some of the artistic talent in my ancestors may have passed to me. My great­-grandfather was a professional artist; my grandfather was a professional sign painter; and several of my uncles were very talented artists. So, I tried it.

My first efforts were very crude, but the learning curve was pretty fast–no lessons needed. I tried several media: watercolor, oils, pencil, and pen and ink. I seemed to “get it” with pen and ink and pencil; but the other media, not so much.

I find it to be very releasing to sit in front of a scene and sketch it.
It comes fairly easily and feels good when I do it. Mary and I travel a lot internationally, and bringing my sketch book often results in some memorable sessions sketching what we visit. Drawing causes one to really “see” in depth what you are visiting.

Jerry Boyle, December 2014

Sydney Opera House, in person pencil sketch, 1999.

Mother Leopard looking for her cubs, pastel, South Africa, 1999.

Cambodian Woman, Charcoal Study, 2019

Monarch Butterfly, watercolor, 2020

Royal Bengal Tiger, from a photo by Don Russell, pastel, 2019