In late 2020, Jeff learned of his Asperger Syndrome profile. For Jeff, Asperger’s presents itself as an ability for extreme focus, which translates into the skill to do long stints of repetitive line-work, and a fierce dedication to continual refinement of his artistic tendencies.

 

Jeff had his first solo art exhibition in September 2021 at Gordy Fine Art, the same gallery that now represents his art. That solo exhibition included several Buddhist-themed pieces, all of which integrated research with personal artistic and spiritual practice.

 

Hence, it is no surprise that Jeff is working on a book tentatively titled, Zen and the Artful Buddhist: Asperger’s, Art, and Academia.

 

A native of Southern California with a BA in Religious Studies from UCSB, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff Brackett has a long history of studying the intersections of religious and spiritual practices.

 

He was an art major for a year, but he soon took up another passion: the academic study of religion, which landed him in India for three years during graduate school.

 

Jeff went on to win the highest teaching award at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), where he taught  courses about Hinduism, Buddhism, World Religions, and Religion and Pop Culture until he retired (early) in May 2022.

 

His transition to art began in October 2016, when he began an intensive daily-drawing practice. By 2017, he was showing his work in local and national juried art shows. He has taken several college art courses in the summers, whenever possible.

 

In 2021 and 2022, he won 2nd place in the avocational division of the Annual Minnetrista Juried Art Shows (Muncie, Indiana), the largest local art show.