Ralph E. Jake Haverstick (1898-1962) painted pastoral scenes and cowboy life around New Mexico. His deep connection to the Southwest is captured in sweeping brush strokes and scintillating colors that recreate his visions of the land and the people.
Jake married his lifelong sweetheart, Fay Jameson, in about 1920. Fay wore the ruby engagement ring given to her by Jake until her death in 2006. In the 1930s after the birth of their son and two daughters, the young family moved to Taos, NM where Jake studied with famed cowboy artist William Herbert Buck Dunton who helped found the Taos Society of Artists along with Blumenschein, Couse, Phillips, Sharp and Berninghaus. Buck recognized Jakes natural talent and in a short time Jake had learned all his mentor could teach him.
The family moved to Albuquerque, NM where an old adobe hay barn was converted into a studio and wood shop. Jake painted his canvasses and Fay turned out hand carved gold-leaf frames for his art work. They worked together in harmony and contentment until his death in 1962. Jake is remembered as a fine Western artist, a loving husband and friend to all who came to enjoy the warm hospitality of their home