Jay David’s building experience began back in his high school days. He learned the construction industry by working side by side with his Dad in every aspect of building from initial framing to finish painting. Over the years, he has continued this trade by constructing several homes and outbuildings from start to finish and completing many remodeling projects.
Jay has a natural gift as a talented artist. He has enhanced this talent through education. As a student at Young Harris College, he excelled in his art studies and then went on to continue his education through courses at the Spruill Arts Center as well as direct instruction from Roger Dale Brown. His works have been chosen for many juried art shows including being one of a select few artists chosen by Governor Deal to have his work on exhibit in the Governors Offices at the State Capital. To be chosen for this event is of special meaning to Jay. His great grandfather was a member of the carpenters that built the display cabinets that are still in use today at the State Capital. It is a true honor to also have his work represented 3 generations later.
Having a family heritage of furniture makers, Jay naturally possessed an interest and talent for crafting fine furniture. Growing up in the workshop alongside his grandfather gave Jay a true appreciation for the value and quality of handcrafted furniture.
The combination of all these talents led to the opening of Black Dog Art Studios in 1996. His extensive knowledge of construction mixed with an artistic talent allows Jay to offer unique creations whether it be redesigning a bathroom, creating a sideboard or painting an original piece of artwork.
Many people ask “why the name?”…it was inspired by our beloved pet. Our black lab, Bear, became a part of our family the same year that the business was started. His sweet disposition and extreme loyalty have always been a great example for how we should live our lives and treat others. We unfortunately lost our Bear in 2010 but he will always be a special part of our lives.