Jerry Preator


201 Grand Oak Road
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-431-5255 (home)

Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway and turn left onto AR178W. Travel 3.4 miles and turn left onto Grand Oak Road. Continue 0.1 mile to the 3rd house on right. Turn right onto the dirt lane driveway. The home is on the left and the studio is directly at the end of the short lane.

Jerry Preator is a native of Independence, MO. He is well known throughout Mid-Central United States for his exquisite paintings in watercolor and watercolor classes. He has over 55 years’ experience as a watercolorist and over 45 years’ experience teaching over 1,000 students.

After completing four years in the U.S. Navy, Jerry attended and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Painting and Illustration. He worked in advertising and promotions for Meredith Corporation (Better Homes & Gardens), served as Art Director for Meredith Corporation and H.D. Lee Co. and spent 3 years with R.R. Donnelley Printing Company overseeing the color quality reproduction of all 128 Better Homes & Gardens magazines.

Jerry’s paintings have been exhibited in “Art in the Park” at the Des Moines Art Center, the Iowa Artist Show, Hallmark Show in Kansas City, MO., Iowa State Fair, Esterville, Iowa Winter Carnival, DeArt Center, Harlingen, TX, and a number of one-man exhibitions. 

Preator is a lifetime member of the Des Moines, Iowa Art Center. He has won awards in Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Des Moines, and several national awards for graphic design, and has many watercolor paintings in private collections. 

Preator has conducted watercolor workshops and painting classes for many years and was the first artist to teach watercolor painting in Adult Education in Des Moines. He has studied under watercolorist Tony Couch and commissioned and worked with Charles Reid. 

Preator coined the phrase “The less you paint, the better you ain’t.”