Most of Jacob’s paintings and drawings depict brightly colored organic forms, sometimes interlaced with architectural scenes. His work is characteristically detailed and his forms delicate and often plant-like. His drawings have accompanied several articles in The New York Times. His paintings have been featured in Anthropologie’s 2007 Summer catalog and on the cover of Chuck Palahniuk’s most recent book, Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey. Magraw-Mickelson’s work has also appeared in Fishwrap Magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and Dear New Girl, or Whatever Your Name Is, edited by Lisa Wagner (McSweeney’s, 2005).
"Jacob’s work has a fragile nature about it and yet the vibrancy of acidic color and undulating layers evokes a sense of turbulent inner instability. The work ignites the imagination instantly, and the more work you see, the more your curiosity grows about what these things are, and the world they come from."