Jonathan Guy-Gladding (JAG) first came to the Caribbean in 1999 after leaving a job at Sesame Street for a two year stint in the Peace Corps. Assigned to teach woodworking in the beautiful St. Lucian village of Laborie, he found there inspiration to return to painting in his spare time and an unending ending supply of rich subject matter in the faces and postures of the uniformed schoolchildren, the people going about their daily lives, and the traditional cultural aspects that make that village such a wonderful and distinctive place.
After completing his Peace Corps service, he decided to pursue his art full time and since then has exhibited extensively throughout the Caribbean, England, and the US. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, twice winning The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (USA) Award of Excellence and the Narrative Excellence Award, among others, as well as earning Signature Status by NOAPS. He continues to live and paint in Laborie where he still