Jack Spencer Wahl was born in Toledo, Ohio. After attending the University of Toledo, majoring in Fine Arts, he continued his studies at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan. He has studied with many successful artists over the past years: James Reynolds, Western Painter; Robert Bateman, Wildlife Painter; Daniel Greene, Portrait Painter; Clyde Aspevig, Landscape Painter; David Leffel, Portrait Painter and George Strictland, Landscape Painter.
For twenty-five years Jack worked for two Paint-by-number craft companies. He started with Craft Master and seven years later help start Craft House, which after a few years became the largest Paint-by-number company in the world. During his free time, he painted the figure, portraits and wildlife. In 1987, Jack moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. and opened Wahl Gallery/Studio to paint full time. Working in oils and developing his own style painting landscapes. Jack also taught drawing and painting in his studio. Four years later, he traveled to the northwest. He spent four months painting on location creating forty plein-air oil paintings. The trip covered seventeen national parks and other various places. Sedona was the first stop and headed north as far as Banff, Canada, west to Victoria, B.C. and down the west coast, ending in Yosemite National Park.
Influenced by the western beauty, Jack moved to Tucson, Arizona. After settling, he designed and built an adobe home, in which he incorporated an attached art studio with a majestic view of the foothills. Painting western landscape was his passion, but still enjoyed painting the figure and portraits on commission mostly.