Jeff Jauch grew up with a paintbrush in his hand. As a child, Jauch was always painting and drawing, and his parents provided art tutors to encourage his skills. He continued his love for art in college by studying for a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in painting. A turning point in Jauch’s life occurred one year during college exams. Jauch worked as a picture framer and asked for exam week off work. The new manager refused the request, so Jauch quit. He immediately went to a friend’s house and asked if he could work for his painting business. The friend hired him on the spot. “I figured if I couldn’t frame art, I would at least still have a brush in my hand. It was just a bigger, different canvas,” he recalled. Jauch even began taking his two-and-a-half inch brushes from work to his canvases at school. “You can do a lot with a big brush. You can do fine things even with something that’s not so fine,” he said.
Jauch continued working for other residential painters, often driving to Holland and beyond for jobs. In 1997 his daughter, Chelsea, was born with Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome is a rare neurological disorder found primarily in girls, which affects