"Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness."
~ Anni Albers
Having grown up around antiques and auctions, Jeff now serves as President of John Moran Auctioneers. Working full-time with the company since 1988, Jeff has assisted thousands of clients looking to buy and sell or in need of accurate valuations. Over the past 30 years, Jeff has been responsible for generating sales revenue in excess of $450 million dollars for his consignors.
Specializing in 19th and 20th century California and American paintings, Jeff has been responsible for researching, expanding and cultivating the auction market for many Southern California artists. He meanwhile maintains broad knowledge of antiques and fine furnishings, including rugs, silver, ceramics, jewelry, and books. Over the past decade, Jeff has performed pro-bono benefit auctions for many public and private institutions; in particular, he has helped the Santa Barbara Historical Museum raise over $1 million in funds.
Civic service occupies a large part of Jeff’s life outside of the auction business. Since 1990, he has worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and emergency medic with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Jeff currently serves as a team member of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team – a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives and safety education. Jeff’s interests as an outdoorsman include cycling, skiing, hiking, and adventure travel. His first-hand knowledge of the western landscapes so often painted by the artists he handles earns Jeff an unmatched understanding of the American art market.
Jeff has studied at Pasadena City College, University of California, Santa Cruz and completed the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University’s School of Continuing Education. In 2014, he earned an MBA with honors from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management/Claremont Graduate University.