Jack Thames is a Charlestonian and lifetime professional artist. As a teenager he "hand painted" neck ties decorating them with ducks and other wildlife for local clothing merchants in the Charleston area.. After serving in World War II, he moved to Atlanta Georgia to attend the Atlanta Art Institute. Jack's formal education was funded by selling paintings in Piedmont Park on the weekends. After receiving a degree in Commercial Art, he remained in Atlanta accepting the position of art director for a leading advertising agency. He eventually opened J & J Art Service doing freelance commercial art for many national accounts such as Coca Cola, Delta Air Lines, and Mead Packaging. While in Atlanta, he was given a commission for a series of paintings of Georgia's first Americans. These works are still on display at the Atlanta Capital Museum. During the 1960's Jack created numerous stained glass window designs for several churches in the southeast. Those unique windows enrich these churches today and for years to come.
In 1971 Jack brought his family home to live in Charleston where he started Commercial Art Service. During the 1970's he devoted the majority of his time to the demands of this business as well as being the co-founder and Art Director of Charleston Magazine. "Lying at Anchor" a watercolor by Jack graced the cover of the October 1975 issue. In 1976 Jack founded Charleston Prints which consisted of a series of pen and ink drawings of Historical Charleston. This innovative series consisted of printing the original pen and ink line drawing and later painting watercolors over the scene.
At the young age of 73 Jack is going strong. With his retirement from the commercial art and advertising industry he now devotes full time to painting. He enjoys displaying and selling his work at various festivals in South Carolina. Many of the paintings online today have received numerous awards. He has truly devoted a lifetime to art.