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2ARTIST23Jaypursuedartthroughhishighschoolyearsandwhenhegraduatedhereceiveda300scholarshipthathadbeensetasideforapromisingartstudent.IwasreallysurprisedadmitsJay.Therewerethreegirlsthatwerefarbetterthanmeandtherewasonewhowasjustincredible.IusedtowatchherdrawandIdborrowanareaorapproachandcombineitwithmyapproach.Itstheoldadageborrowfromoneitsplagiarismborrowfrommanyitsresearch.InanyeventIenrolledatSt.CloudStateUniversityinSt.CloudMinnesotatopursuemyartdegree.ItwasatSt.CloudthatJaybegantoembracepaintingashisprimaryartformbutitwasntlongbeforeheencounteredadevicethatwouldchangethewayhepaintedandsetthecourseofhistechniqueforJAYPAULBELLTheWorkofArtthenext40years.ThoughhehadnotyetadoptedlandscapesashisprimarysubjectJaywasalreadytryingtoperfectthesubtletransitionsthatwouldonedaycharacterizetheskiesinhisbest-knownworks.Hewasstillagurativepainterworkingwiththehumanformbuthewasstrugglingwiththequalitiesofacrylicpaintsndingthemunsuitedtothesmoothsurfacehewastryingtocreate.Jayrecallsafriendsuggestingtohimthatanairbrushwouldbeabettertoolforthekindsofresultshewastryingtoachieve.Hesaidforwhatyouretryingtodoyoucoulddofarbetterwithanairbrush.IwantedthispristinemodulatedsmoothsurfaceandIwastryingtodoitwithsubtleblends.Iwasusingacrylicsbutacrylicsdontreallylendthemselvestothat.HesaidhisfatherhadanoldairbrushandheaskedmeifIwantedtocomeoverandtryit.IsatdownandpickeduptheairbrushIthinkthatwasprobablyabout1967mysenioryearandneverputitdownuntil2009whenImovedintomycurrentstudioandpickedupaconventionalbrushagain.JaysabilitytoleveragenewtechnologiesintheserviceofhisartwouldproveavaluableassetlaterinhiscareerwhenhisteachingdutieswouldconvergewiththedigitalrevolutionatNorthernIllinoisUniversity.HoweverhislifewouldtakesomeinterestingturnsbeforehesettledintohisteachingpositionatNIU.AfterInishedtheMastersprogramatSt.CloudJayremembersIgotajobteachingK-12inRandolphWisconsin.I