Jay Thomas II was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1961. He and his family moved to The Bronx in 1965, and it was here that Jay began to take an active interest in drawing. Being an avid comic-book reader as a youngster, some of Jay's early influences came from such artists as John Romita Sr., Steve Ditko, and Jim Steranko. During the 1970's and early 80's, Jay tried in vain to get work at both Marvel and DC Comics. Finally, in 1982, Jay decided to radically change his style of art from the comic-book 'Superhero' type of art that he had been doing to a more realistic fine-art type, utilizing the pen & ink pointillism technique. Since then, Jay has exhibited his art throughout the NYC/Long Island area, and has been a part of renown art groups such as The Long Island Black Artists Association, The Huntington Township Art League, and The Harlem StreetGallery.