Jay Hall Connaway
(1893 – 1970)
Jay Connaway had many jobs beside a painter, and all throughout the United States. These included a cook at a lumber camp, a railroad worker, a doryman in a fishing fleet, and a soldier in World War I. He did have a passion for art though, which led him to study at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and at the Art Students League. He continued to study in Paris at the Academie Julian and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Connaway finally decided to focus on painting full time following his education in Paris, and moved to and settled on Monhegan Island, a place he and his family lived from 1931 until 1947.
Connaway was primarily inspired by marine and coastal scenery, and the theme is evident throughout his artwork and general lifestyle, where he had a successful painterly career. His work has been featured in an astounding 85 solo shows.