Jeff Bartels was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He grew up in the Toronto area where he showed an interest and talent for art at an early age. Throughout his schooling he focused his attention on art and in 1992 he continued those studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.
For the past few years Jeff has focused on painting close up views of hands playing different musical instruments. His aim with this series is to show the point of connection between the musician and his or her instrument as well as the passion for music. The paintings are all done with oil on canvas and have a hyper realistic look. By using strong lighting, exciting expressions and tight compositions Jeff seamlessly combines drama and emotion with highly detailed, technical painting.