Paintings are produced using black ink, white pigment, and clear carrier liquids to transport his inks across the acrylic glass. The process begins with a structure being made for the acrylic glass to be laid on. Given the flexible nature of the glass, a landscape is created where hills and troughs dictate the initial flow of the inks. The paintings are built up in thin layers, each time the glass being subtly adjusted to dictate the direction of flow. As well
as inks being gradually layered on top of the painting, they are injected beneath the surface giving them ever greater depth. The clear carrier liquids act as a catalyst to the black inks. The molecules of the different colours within the inks are attracted to the carrier liquids at varying degrees. As the liquids make their journey, the individual colours that make up the blacks therefore move at different speeds. It is this reaction that enables Jake to gradually tease out the unique colours that make up each different black. Inks are sourced from all over the world as each is entirely unique in the colour pallet it offers. Through heating or cooling parts of the liquids, while repeatedly adjusting the heights of different areas of the acrylic glass, Jake has managed to bring an element of control to an otherwise chaotic event. It is this dance between that which can be tamed and the uncontrollable, that has resulted in Jake becoming totally immersed with this approach to creating work.