Jared Wickware Biography

Jared Wickware




Jared Wickware was born in New York City on October 20, 1948. Between 1966 and 1969 he was in the Navy where he “matriculated aboard the USS Princeton, LPH-5, a WWII carrier converted to support landing operations in Vietnam, which also in 1969 served as the recovery ship for Apollo X.”

Wickware moved to California and began engraving as a student at California College of Arts & Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland between 1970 and 1974, where he studied with Jeryl Parker, who saw his drawing and suggested he try engraving. Other teachers included Dennis Leon, Steven Ajay, James Petillo, and others. In 1975 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. An accomplished pen and ink illustrator, and an avid stamp collector in his youth, he took naturally to the engraving medium.

In 1980 he rejoined the Navy and served on a Repair Tender (USS Hector), the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, and finally stationed with Commander Pacific Fleet here on Oahu in 1995. He retired in 2003 as a Senior Chief Illustrator Draftsman after 26 years in the service. Stationed in Hawaii he had developed an association with the Honolulu Printmakers and decided to remain in Hawaii, where he continues to live and work.

Wickware has served as President for the Honolulu Printmakers and in 2011 his work was selected as the feature artist (Gift Print Artist) for the Honolulu Printmakers 83rd Annual Exhibition.

Jared Wickware and his wife Connie, a High School Art Teacher, have one son named Charles, an excellent young artist in his own right, who currently flies the carrier-based FA-18E Super-Hornet for the US Navy. Jared provides introductory Art instruction for the DOD sponsored Warriors in Transition program for soldiers stationed at Schofield Barracks on Oahu.