Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love serves as the lead/teaching pastor of Alive Church in Tucson, AZ. With success at an early age as a painter, art has always been a big part of his life. While pursuing art and music in college, Jeff felt compelled to go into church ministry and has served faithfully for over 25 years. He has a B.S. in Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry from PHX University of Theology. His passion in life is to be all that God created Him to be and to help others be all that God wants them to be. Jeff and wife Kathy have three girls and one boy. Jeff loves being a husband and father and centers many of his goals and desires around being successful in these two key areas of his life. As a couple, they have taught many seminars on successful marriage and raising children. Kathy spends her time focusing on selling Jeff’s art work, allowing him time to paint, write, and lead his church.
Born in 1961 into a farming family from Ohio, Jeff spent his early years with a pasture of sheep, acres of corn and a red prairie barn as his playgrounds. As Jeff watched his grandfather shepherd a flock of sheep or harvest a field of corn, a love for nature grew. Art was always of interest to Jeff and the two seemed to go together well. A move to Colorado during his early teen years brought about a new love to build his growing interest in art on – The Rocky Mountains. Excelling in art in school, a high school teacher recognized that Jeff needed to go farther and encouraged him to take college courses while in high school at an art school in Colorado Springs where he explored various mediums and styles. After high school, Jeff studied art in college in Kansas City, Kansas, furthering his skills which led to an award in watercolor and representation in a gallery show. After college, Jeff felt a call on his life to a career in ministry and has spent many fulfilling years helping others discover their unique giftedness and purpose in life. Ministry has taken Jeff to Colorado, Nebraska, West Texas, and Arizona, where he now lives. During these years, Jeff focused his continuing education in ministerial studies, painting mostly for enjoyment and as an outlet. Finally in 2007, Jeff recognized that an important part of his own life-purpose was creating and painting. Jeff is a firm believer and has taught countless many that it is never too late to become the best that God intends you to be. Actively pursuing painting with the inspiration and encouragement of instruction from some of his favorite artists, Jeff’s medium of choice is oil in which he has dedicated himself to exploring the Arizona landscape both en plein air and in the studio. Jeff loves to teach, paint and study art, wander the wilderness looking for just the right light, and his paintings are often inspired from some remote mountain location in the high desert of Southern Arizona.
Mid-America Nazarene University, Fine Arts 1979-82
Doctorate of Science in Ministry – Completed 2006
Gabor Svagrik – Studio Painting 2008
Phil Starke – Plein Air Painting 2009
Jim Wilcox – Studio Painting 2010
Matt Smith – Plein Air Painting 2011
Matt Smith – Studio Painting 2011
Skip Whitcomb – Plein Air Painting March 2012
Scott Christensen – June 2012
*Sept 2011 – Jeff was awarded an art scholarship based on merit from the Scottsdale Artist’s School.
2012 Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Members Show, Sedona, AZ – SEG Gallery
2011 Paint the Parks Top 100
2011 Tucson International Airport TPAPS – Lower Link Gallery
2011 Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Members Show, Sedona, AZ – SEG Gallery
2011 “Out in the Open” – The Art of Plein Air – Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2011 “Empire 100” Western Art Show and Sale
2011 “Painters of the American West Showcase” – Tucson Plein Air Painters Society
2010 “Paint the Aspens” – Arizona Plein Air Painters
2010 “Fresh Visions” – Tucson Plein Air Painters Society – Third Place
2010 “Fresh Paint” – The University of Arizona Museum of Art
2009 Oro Valley Arts Show