Gerald Lee “Jerry” Newport has lived in Everett, Washington his entire life. He has two daughters, Tamara Lea and Jenifer Emiko. Jerry started drawing on a blackboard at the age of five. The first thing he learned to draw was an open umbrella taught to him by his father. He continued to study art during his elementary, junior high, senior high and college years. After graduating from high school, Jerry won two art scholarships: the first was to Everett Junior College; the second was to the Banff School of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in Banff, Canada. Following that, he attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, California. He also had three years of private instruction from Bernie Webber, a local commercial and fine artist. Jerry began working as a technical illustrator at Milmanco, a privately owned company that serviced the Boeing Company. Next, he did advertising layouts for Thornhill Publishing Company, publisher of telephone directories. Following that, he worked as a compositor for the Little Nickel Want Ads. Finally, he worked in the advertising department and did a variety of illustrations for the Everett Herald. He has exhibited at numerous area shows around the Puget Sound, including the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, and has received numerous awards. In 1975 he had a very successful one-man show at the Hammersla Gallery in Edmonds, WA. His paintings are displayed in business offices and private collections and are as far away as Norway.