Jerry Van Megert began painting when he was just six years old. He studied art in college and after renowned Salem, Oregon artist, Carl Hall, challenged him to paint 100 artworks in order to consider himself a true professional, he moved to California and settled on the Monterey Peninsula. “Everywhere I look here, I see a painting.”
Van Megert was juried into the Carmel Art Association in the 1970s, then took a twenty-year hiatus due to an exclusive gallery exhibit in Pebble Beach. As of March 2020, he has returned to the CAA as an active artist member.