Billy’s heritage comes from two past generations of German Craftsmanship. His father and grandfather were both painters in the building trade. His grandfather was a WWI Naval Veteran during the great depression, he was one of the craftsmen chosen to work on Indiana’s Scottish Rite Cathedral. He finished woodwork and grained plaster castings to make them look like real wood. Billy Jay’s father, a wounded Navy veteran from WWII, painted Aircraft during the war. He painted stars and markings on the planes, and also painted the Jap flags on the planes the pilots shot down. After the war was over, Billy’s father painted outdoor advertising, he gold leafed bank ceilings, and also designed ornate layouts on business meeting room ceilings. Their craftsmanship still to this day is there for everyone to see.
Billy Jay started lettering signs in high school (1971) and in 1973 got his break working at Redmond Sign Co. painting and lettering Signs. 1975 was the start of a whole new avenue of ability. Getting married to his wife and finding a new job of custom painting. With sign painting as a background, he began airbrushing and custom painting vans. His creative talent started flowing. Vans were the craze from 1975 to 1979. Motorcycles, Hot Rods, flame jobs, pin striping, you name it, and he has painted it.
Branching off on his own, Billy Jay started his business in October of 1977. Over the past 30 years, he has accomplished a very diverse style of custom painting. From mild to wild and stylish to olive drab, he has painted it all. Pin striping dozens of classic cars such as Duesenberg's, Auburns, Packard's, Model A's, classic vintage Indy 500 cars even gold leafing antique Fire Trucks. Nearly a thousand bike parts, Harley's, BMW's, Triumph's,Norton and even one Vincent. Dozens and dozens of antique safe's built in the 1800's, also CocaCola coolers and Soda machines. Some examples include sign painting, lettering, custom paint, graphics, and restoring 1960’s muscle cars including several Boss 302’s, more that a dozen Shelby Mustang's and 3 AC Cobra’s , even a 1953 and 1958 Corvette. Several of the mentioned cars and motorcycles that Billy Jay has painted are on display in the following museums. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, The Harley Davidson, The Auburn Cord museum, and Don Garlit's in Ocala Fla.
The photos you are about to view only represent about two percent of the work that Billy Jay has done, it would be impossible to show everything. These are just a few examples of Billy Jay Creations. He will paint anything as long as it is not moving or smells bad.
There have been many satisfied customers through the years.