Jeff Brackett is an abstract artist who uses ink and mixed media to produce unique patterns, mandalas, freeform drawings, and abstract paintings. His signature pieces are his “Power Lines,” an ongoing series of line drawings that portray harmony and tension, flow, and disruption.
A native of Southern California and graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Jeff lived in India for three years and is now an award-winning Religious Studies professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (USA).
In “Mandalas, Meditation, and Mindful Mark-Making” (Arts: The Arts In Religious and Theological Studies, Vol. 29, no. 2 : 39-49), he describes his journey back into making art.
He is not entirely self-taught, having taken a few art courses during summers. Since then, his artwork and adult coloring books have been featured in the local Ball State University Press, both in print and video.
Jeff combines his love of art with his current profession in a couple of ways.
First, he incorporates comic books into his “Religion and Popular Culture” course. Second, his current research intersects with his art by asking the question, “Why do art professionals regularly call art, artists, and art-making ‘spiritual’?”
Jeff has shown samples of his work in several juried art shows, as well as in solo shows/displays in local venues as part of Muncie’s Arts Walk.