J. Jay McVicker, master of the aquatint, was the consummate artist. He studied at Oklahoma State and eventually became Professor of Art and Chairman of the Department of Art at Oklahoma State University. He held this position for nearly 40 years. Throughout his life he became one of the most proficient artists in the field of aquatint printmaking. During the 1940s, McVicker produced black and white aquatints depicting his native Oklahoma landscape as well as industrialscapes in a very representational style. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he introduced color to his images in aquatint as well as silkscreen. It was during this time that he began shifting his style towards cubism and semi-abstraction. He continued to experiment with the medium his entire life. McVicker’s prints have been exhibited throughout the United States capturing numerous awards.