At the young age of 14, Jay Brooks began painting under the classical apprenticeship of John Piesley and the plein air instruction of Charles Movalli. In 1988, Brooks received his B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and in 1990 he received his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Jay Brooks is currently showing at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Brooks also participated in Cape Ann Plein Air and Plein Air Easton competitions.