Gene Gerald Ploss Jr.

I was born in Germany in 1969, then was raised on my family's 90 year old dairy farm in Western New York. It was there that I developed my love for family, the country and drawing.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia, specializing in the areas of illustration and portraiture. After college I did freelance work for a few years then took a position as a sign maker. I put my full attention into producing high quality, hand-rendered signage. I eventually became an expert sign maker but my passion was always for my art. In 1999 I met my wife Janice while making signs for her. She has become my greatest inspiration. We were married five years later and started our new life together. Through her love and encouragement I decided to turn my focus back to my art.

I discovered the genre of ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) on ebay in 2005 and have been creating them ever since. ACEOs are miniature works of art that measure exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I have a growing audience of devoted collectors throughout the U.S. and overseas. My cards are primarily realistic portraits and caricatures, but I have expanded to other subject matter. In addition to the art cards I occassionally create larger pieces usually in the form of landscapes, figures or still life. In addition to my normal illustration projects, I am currently illustrating wine labels for Proof Marketing (California).

If you are interested in a custom illustration for your home or business I encourage you to email me for a quote.


Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have. I will respond as soon as I can. You can reach me at