Born in New York City to muralist and portrait painter
Stanley J. Rowland and educator Harriet S. Rowland, Jere never
new the city as a child because the Rowlands, along with many
of their artist-friends, moved to Connecticut in the early '30s
to escape the ravages of the Great Depression. Settling in Westport,
they gave that now-fashionable suburb its cachet as an artists'
Stanley Rowland eventually converted an 18th century
barn into a magnificent studio. It was there that he painted
his large historical mural commissions and there that Jere apprenticed
to him briefly before college, learning the mysteries of oil
painting and helping his father with research. In the mural reproduced
on the cover of the recent book, Stamford, an Illustrated
History, the 1905 touring auto was painted by
Jere as reward from his Dad for the research sketches of antique
cars that Jere had found in the Melton Museum.
Jere Rowland holds a B.A.
in Fine Art and Art History
from Carleton College, Northfield, MN. He completed graduate
studies in New York at The Art Student's League with John Groth
and at The School of Visual Arts with Ivan Chermeyeff, Bob Gill
and Henry Wolfe.
Jere began his creative
career as a "sketch
man" at the Kudner Advertising Agency in New York. He progressed
to storyboard artist, art director, then creative Director and
TV Producer. He wrote and produced the international award-winning
film, The King of Madison Avenue, a short comedy
spoof on lingerie advertising, distributed by Paramount.
For more information
on Jere's Fine Art Prints, Photographs and Remodeling Design
As to Residential
remodeling design and construction, Jere started early
in his career. Necessity truly was the mother of Invention. When
the Rowland's first child came, Jere subdivided the one bedroom
in their apartment, then fully restored it when they moved. The
Rowland's starter house was a 4-room ranch in Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Money was short, so Jere added 3 rooms himself, then drew plans,
obtained permits and project-managed two major additions which
eventually took their home to 13 rooms, 4-1/2 baths.
After over 30 years in advertising
and marketing, the artist/designer left New York City. In 1987,
Jere Rowland founded Homecare Remodeling Company, a design-and-build
firm located in Rowayton, CT and dedicated to residential remodeling
design and construction in Fairfield County, CT. Over the next
15 years, Jere and his team designed and built over 200 major
home remodeling projects in lower Connecticut.
By 1992, Homecare Remodeling
was one of the top 500 remodeling companies in the U.S.
and in 1996, Jere was voted Remodeler of the Year by the National
Association of Home Builders' Fairfield County Chapter. During
this period Jere qualified for at-large membership in the prestigious
American Institute of Building Design. Later, he was a
founding member and first Secretary of the A.I.B.D. Connecticut
In 2001 Jere and his wife,
Dar, bought a riverfront home in Clinton, CT, which they remodeled,
adding Saltmarsh Studio & Gallery.
For The King of Madison Avenue (comedy short, Paramount release)
Golden Eagle Award, U.S.A.
Premio Internazionale, Rome
Sydney , Australia
Television: For Knirps' Umbrellas
Design & Remodeling:
of Home Builders, Fairfield County Chapter
of The Year", 1996
Top 500 Remodelers
in the U.S.A., 1992 - 2000
Committee on Public Education
Created 10 films used
as Public Service TV messages to facilitate school integration
in southern states in the 1970s
St. Luke's Episcopal
Church, Darien, CT:
15 years' Building
& Grounds Committee; co-chair construction of new Rectory;
20 years' Senior Choir
of Building Design
Founding member and
AIBD Connecticut Chapter
Clinton Art Asociation
Saltmarsh Studio &