About the Author
Jacob Sackin grew up in Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City. After graduating with a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas, he spent a year volunteering in McLeod Ganj, India, the home of the Tibetan government in exile. There he volunteered at Yong Ling Adult English School and worked as editor for the local paper, Contact. In India, during one of the Dalai Lama's teachings, he made his first mandala-like drawing, entitled Samsara, which has inspired much of his artwork.
Upon his return to the U.S., Jacob moved to California, where he worked as a naturalist for more than three years at Foothill Horizons, San Joaquin Outdoor School and Exploring New Horizons. He then got a Master's degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University, which helped him to publish his first novel, Islands. Jacob created the cover art for Islands and for his second novel, Iglu.
Jacob then moved to Eugene, Oregon where he taught English, guitar and field science at Northwest Youth Corps Outdoor High School. He is now the director of Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Sempervirens in Boulder Creek, California.
In the summer of 2012, Jacob and his wife Rebecca travelled across Western Europe where he was inspired by the architecture of cathedrals. He has taken images from his travels and combined them with his fantastical, creature-filled world to create his most recent artwork.