J. A. Lepp was born son, brother, and farm labourer in 1977. He is a middle child. An early artist, his first job came in grade 7 when he was asked to illustrate a local author's childrens' stories.
Jesse Arnold was raised by Mennonite parents and publicly educated. He has got a B.A in English language and literature from Brock University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Lepp was hired by the District of School Board of Niagara in 2004. He was part of the Graduate program in Education at Brock University in 2009.
Lepp's written work has been published by Duke Maskel and Ian Robinson at www.edgewaysbooks.com. He began painting in earnest in 2009.
J. A. Lepp lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.