Photo: Watersabbath

I grew up splitting my time fishing on the Mississippi River and bowhunting for deer in central MN, while spending time indoors drawing dragons, comic characters, and fantasy/sci-fi worlds while listening to a rotation of heavy metal cassette tapes with my brother.  I’ve taken a professional route that led me through teaching, e-commerce and eventually into marketing, communication and change management careers.  I’m currently working on a collaborative film+art project called, Water Sabbath, with my good friend Mike Thienes.

I have an MFA in painting and drawing from the University or Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree from Macalester College with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Religious Studies.  My work has been shown all over the U.S and published internationally. I sell work directly and have created murals, illustrations and commissions for select clients like Patagonia, Simms, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Inbound Brewing, Dangerous Man Brewing, Fulton Brewing and many others.  I’m active in conservation and advocacy efforts involving clean water, public lands, and positive community building; I use my art to not only raise awareness about these issues, but also raise money by donating at least 30% of the revenue made from my art to various organizations fighting for clean water and environmental protection.

The work itself spans my life as an artist and fisherman, exploring the intersection of the intangible and almost spiritual qualities of fly fishing, and the emotional power of primordial nature and a good riff.  The work acts as an expression of something that should evoke a sense of wonder, fright, excitement and pure energy that comes from time spent interacting with fish through line and rod, all while submerged in the places these dragons and beasts roam.

Cheers and tight lines.

Sales Inquires

Originals are available on my Etsy shop.  I also do commissions; time permitting and if the subject matter is compelling – email inquires to: 20acrecarcass@gmail.com.

Last updated: 8.10.20
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  1. Gerald K. Hodge (forum name - ynotbrusum)
    September 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Jake – all the best to you. Just heard that you have gone in a new direction and was saddened before seeing this blog and realizing that you are still all good.

    NB was lucky to have your leadership…best of luck to you in all you do.

    • September 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I’m bummed to hear the news as well. I religiously watched every episode of BTV once I bought appletv and figured out I can stream them to my TV. You’ve given many people much insight into recipes,techniques, and the homebrewing world in general. Best wishes to future endeavors

  2. Charlie
    September 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Man… Fill in your fans on what happened at Northern Brewer!

  3. Will S.
    October 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Really bummed to hear that you’ll no longer be with BTV.

    I know you always pleaded for someone to guide you guys fishing one day. If you’re ever in Upstate NY I’ll be more than happy to row you guys down the Upper Delaware River, which is probably the best fly fishing east of the Rockies.

    Hope the best for you and Mike.

  4. Mike V.
    October 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    A friend turned me on to BTV and I couldn’t stop watching it. As I started to catch up on the espiodes, I realized that you and Dawson were missing. It is sad to see you guys go, but you, Dawson and Chip inspired me to get into homebrewing. Thank you, Cobra!!! 😉 Take Care.

    • October 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      The Cobra will never die! Thanks brother.

  5. Jim
    October 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I brew, I fish, I hunt – I’m going to miss the BTV3.

  6. descientist
    October 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Make art, make beer, make flies, go fishing, drink beer, be art.

    Well said.

  7. nordeastbrewer77
    October 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Good to see you and Dawson alive and kicking on the inter webs. You guy’s’ll be missed on BTV episodes for sure. Sláinte!

  8. October 26, 2012 at 3:18 am

    jk- dawson says he wants to do new brewing vids
    we can get steven spielberg to do the filming
    what do u think

  9. Chad
    November 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Brewing TV has already taken a turn for the worse. They had the president of NB touring the hop factory, very boring. Sad to see you both leave I really enjoyed each episode and learned alot.

  10. Jeremy
    February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Learned and laughed a lot with you and Dawson on BTV. But on to bigger and better things!!! Go Cobra. Cheers!

  11. Jason
    February 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Going to miss the Cobra and BTV. You guys were the three amigo’s of the homebrewing world. I give you three credit for me diving headfirst into the deep end of brewing. If your ever up for some alaskan fishing let me know! Cheers to bigger and better things.


  12. March 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    You should come up to Northern Maine around the middle of May. We’ll catch some trout, brew some beer, drink some beer. Yeah.

  13. September 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Oh man, so excited to find this as well as Michael’s blog and Chip’s Chop & Brew. Used to brew quite a bit when Brewing TV was rolling. Kept giving me cool ideas for brewing and even pushed me to make the jump from extract to all grain. Sadly, since it ended, I haven’t had as much inspiration (along with a lack of time) to brew as much. Now that I have found you guys, I’m probably going to start finding stuff that I just have to try again.

  14. Paul Franke
    May 18, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Enjoyed your interview on beersmith.com re BIAB brewing. Just did my first ever brew today (using this method) and appreciated your insight about the advantages of this method. I see you’re into muskies! Ever caught one? Growing up in MN I saw a few but never managed to land one. The trout we grow out here in Colorado aren’t nearly so big, but make up for it in other ways. Time for a trip to the Rio Grande.

    • May 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Cheers Paul! I have had couple chances at muskies, but have never landed one – it’s a goal for the short term future. Have fun on the Rio Grande!

  15. December 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Jake,
    I’m the gallery director at Lanesboro Arts in Lanesboro, MN We are a very well known and busy non profit gallery. you’re work is fantastic. We are having a jury for our annual exhibition calendar for 2020 in January. The timing is great if you are interested in an exhibition here. you can also apply to our sales gallery if you like. Check us out at http://www.lanesboroarts.org go to artist opportunities, click on one or both of the two galleries, and apply soon. If you have any questions please contact me at gallery@lanesboroarts.org thank so much. Also Steve from root rive rod company here in town is a big fan of yours and showed me your work. all the best, Robbie
    Robbie Brokken/ Gallery Director

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