Born on 2 February 1957 in Milwaukee, Jeffrey Allen LaDow worked as a car merchant after finishing school. In 1975, he suffered a diving accident which left him a quadriplegic. He knew about his talent as a painter before his accident. For this reason, it was only natural for him to take up oil painting. As a consequence, he took courses with famous art teachers. In 1986, he was granted a stipend by the association. In 1991, he took lessons at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In these courses, he learnt the techniques of the old masters. In 1992, he became an Associated Member of the AMFPA. Jeffrey Allen LaDow is influenced by naïve art but always paints with independent ideas and forms.