In World War II, his father was conscripted into the
German Army for service on the eastern front. The family was reunited
in Austria, after the war, following imprisonment and flight on foot.
A young priest in school introduced Pfeiffer to tales of the American
frontier and he studied art in Linz, Austria, from 1948 to 1955. He
immigrated to the United States in 1955 and also studied at Cincinnati
Art Academy. "Never having pursued commercial art, " he points out,
"I have devoted my time to developing my career as a fine artist.
"Arranging my mental concepts is the struggle. When this process is
completed, transferring my thoughts onto canvas is exciting but less
challenging. My canvases are systematic and meticulous in their construction.
I develop the scene I envision, stroke after methodical stroke, from
beginning to end. I never begin a canvas, which I don't finish."
Recent Awards: 1995: Alexandria Museum of Art September Competition
- Jurist Award. Alexandria, LA. 1996: Hoosier Salon - Best Work Any
Medium, First Time Competitor. Indiana State Museum. Breckenridge Fine
Arts Competition - Second Place, Oils. Breckenridge, TX. 1997:Hoosier
Salon - Outstanding Work, Any Medium. Also Purchase Award, Franklin
College. Indianapolis, IN. Oil Painters of America Regional Show - Jurist
Award. Clayton, MO. Annual Juried International Competition - Best of
Show, Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Hamilton, OH.
Early Awards: 1969: Hyde Park Art Show - Best of Show. City of Cincinnati
Purchase Award. Cincinnati, OH. 1984: National Wildlife and Western
Art Exhibition - Best of Show, Western Oils. Minneapolis, MN. National
Wildlife and Western Art Exhibition - Best of Show, Western Oils, Milwaukee,
WI. 1985 - National Wildlife and Western Art Exhibition - Best of Show,
Western Oils. Minneapolis, MN.
Jacob has covered much ground in his development as an artist. For
many years, "western" subjects and wildlife, realistically portrayed,
dominated his work. Recently, however, he has focused on painting from
life, both in the studio and outdoors. With his still-lifes, Jacob strives
to convey the beauty in common, everyday "creations" - both God and
man's - that we find all around us.