Jeff Merrill, an Idaho native, served a mission in Seville, Spain (1990-1992) and earned a B.F.A. in illustration from Brigham Young University (1997). After working as an illustrator for more than a decade he changed his focus to fine art and teaching. In 2011, Jeff earned an M.F.A. in figure painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and currently teaches painting and drawing at BYU–Hawaii.