Friday, May 25, 2012

Scott and Alexa Jacobs on Season Premier of Secret Millionaire

Scott and Alexa Jacobs will soon be members of an exclusive club that includes Dani Johnson and other self-made millionaires. The father-daughter team will appear on the new season of ABC television’s Secret Millionaire, a show that places millionaires into impoverished areas, where they work undercover with volunteers to find causes worthy of receiving a portion of their fortunes. This show illustrates that the spirit of giving is still alive.

Scott Jacobs is a famous photo-realist artist whose mediums include posters, canvas prints, paintings, and giclees. His primary subjects are Harley-Davidson motorcycles, classic automobiles, and fine wines. Scott has been working professionally for more than 20 years and his clients include A-list celebrities. Alexis is his teenage daughter who is used to living a luxurious California lifestyle. Scott takes her on Secret Millionaire to experience another side of life.

For six days, Scott and Alexa will live in Newark, New Jersey, on less than $75. They will volunteer their time with several local charitable groups, not revealing their true identities until the end of the episode. After the big reveal, the pair will provide a portion of Scott’s fortune to the causes they have deemed the most worthy. Scott is no stranger to giving back, as he has donated money or time to charitable organizations for three decades.

Those who are unfamiliar with Scott’s work should learn about him before watching the episode scheduled to air on June 3. The amount of detail in his creations results in a realism that rivals a photograph. After seeing his paintings at a New York art show, Harley-Davidson executives made Scott their first officially licensed artist. This opened the door for other licensed artist appointments including Chevrolet’s Corvette Division and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

In 1998, Scott was honored with the Vargas Award for his Lifetime Achievement in Fine Art. For an artist, this award is the equivalent of an Oscar presented to an actor. Scott has continued to receive recognition for his artistic contributions. He entered a contract with Park West Galleries in 2005 for sale of his artwork on dozens of cruise ships. The Franklin Mint commissioned him to create their first Harley-Davidson licensed plate, which become the Mint’s best-selling plate featuring this motorcycle. 

In the 72-year history of Sturgis motorcycle rallies, Scott is the only licensed artist to be consecutively selected, serving in this role 17 times. In 2004, Scott expanded his expertise to the publishing world when he created Scott Jacobs Studio. His work is currently on display within 83 countries and in the U.S., it is in the Peterson Automotive Museum permanent collection.

Scott began his career as an art gallery owner at just 19 and a gifted paint set from his wife changed his life. He knows how much people can achieve if they are dedicated and have the proper resources. This made him the perfect choice for this season of Secret Millionaire. While he gives back to others, he will be teaching his daughter about the importance of hard work and altruism.

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