Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jerome T. White developed an interest in art as a child. As an adult, he studied art at Tuskegee University and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art at Baldwin-Wallace College in 1992.
After graduation, Jerome continued his studies in medical illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He obtained a Master’s in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. In 1994, Jerome moved to Norfolk, Virginia to pursue a teaching career and taught elementary school children for three years. After his time in Virginia, he returned home to teach at his alma mater, Cleveland Heights High School.
Jerome’s work as a fine artist has focused on themes of music, sports, family, history, and the human condition. Deeply influenced by the works of Charles White, Winslow Homer, and Dr. John Biggers, Jerome typically uses figurative and spiritual symbolism to illustrate historical or social messages. His finely-honed, critical eye and keen sensibilities have enabled him to capture the adversity, talent, beauty, and endurance of a people on canvas.
As his painting evolves, he plans to continue exploring similar themes but looks forward to taking a different direction in his presentation. “Over the past few years, I have used texture and monochromatic color schemes. Presently, I use mixed media, acrylics, and oil painting. I believe that blending different styles together will produce a harmonious balance with my design ideas. I like to compare it to making gumbo. I want to create a visual experience that will stick to your soul”.
Jerome currently teaches at Roxboro Middle School. Beyond the classroom, Jerome initiates inner-city mural projects and served as a visual arts instructor for Mural My Neighborhood, a visual arts-based, youth-oriented program committed to increasing community awareness of the Arts by inspiring middle and high school participants to master their God-given talents. You may recognize one of Jerome’s murals in the newly renovated League Park in the historical Hough neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.