George Frederick (Jack) Nutting, Jr. was born in San Francisco on July 4, 1920 and passed away September 22, 1997. He was the only son of George and Eva Mathews-Nutting. Jack's father owned an auto repair shop in Berkeley, and his mother was a caterer. The majority of his life was spent in the San Francisco Bay area, only leaving towards the end of his life to be near his daughter in San Diego. Jack's childhood had some indelible challenges. His father abandoned the family when Jack was three years old, leaving his mother to raise him on her own. She supported them as a live-in housekeeper for a wealthy Berkeley family. Jack was expected to keep a low profile, he spent many quiet hours entertaining himself while his mother was working. These hours were passed in imaginative pursuits; building handmade toys, practicing piano, and reading. With his mother being the primary influence in his life, one can appreciate how his early experiences may have infused an erudite mind with a soft edge. And, how an inventive imagination and self reliance fostered a disciplined artist. During World War II, at the age of twenty-two, Jack joined the United States Army, serving in Europe as an administrative non-combat soldier. Upon discharge, in 1945, he went to work as an interior decorator. Some time later, he gained new employment as an architectural draftsman for Kawneer, a structural aluminum firm in Berkeley. Eventually, neither of these occupations would prove to satisfy his personality and personal career desires. In 1946 he met and married Natane Nason from Manitoba, Canada, and on October 21, 1950 Nicole, his only child, was born. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted only a few years. Nicole believes marriage may have been difficult for her father, perhaps because he tended to be a solitary man. One daughter Nicole was born.
Courtesy: Nicole Nutting
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