John T. (Jack) Keane

Jack Keane

I was born in 1937 in Cambridge, MA. Growing up in Waverley, I attended St. Dominic Academy and Belmont public school. After studying at the University of Maine Orono, I transferred during my junior year to St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA where I earned a BA in Philosophy in 1958. After graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed Basic Training at Parris Island, SC and Camp Lejeune, NC, completing six months active duty followed by a five year Reserve commitment.

In 1959, I began a sales career with several paper mills, and completed an entrepreneurial MBA evening program at Babson College. In 1968, I changed fields to become Marketing Manager of Ames Color File Corp, and in 1972, became National Sales Manager of Cambridge Bio-Medical Corp.
Work in Progress

In 1974, I started my own company, Colortrieve Record Systems, Inc., utilizing a business plan I had developed while attending Babson. The company designed custom printed medical record and x-ray film filing systems for hospitals nationally.

During these years, I occasionally took drawing classes at the Danforth Museum School in Framingham to help in creating my company’s advertising and promotional materials. Eventually I sold the business in 2005 and began taking watercolor painting classes at the Danforth Museum School, the Cape Cod Art Association, and at several independent New England artists’ workshops, subsequently adding acrylic, oil and palette knife painting to my skills.

My approach to art begins with hiking and exploring my natural New England surroundings with camera and art materials, seeking scenes and objects that transmit the power or peacefulness of Nature, or the character symbolized within forgotten objects. If what I see moves me, I will paint on site or save the images for future paintings.

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All proceeds from sales will go to the Semper Fi Fund which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

The Semper Fi Fund was created by a group of Marine Corps spouses thirteen years ago, and those same women run the Fund today alongside other spouses from all service branches, retired service members, all of whom intimately know the needs of our military families. Since 2004, they’ve issued 137,000 grants totaling more than $148 million in assistance to over 18,500 of our heroes and their families.