Jackson Lee Nesbitt was born in 1913 in McAlester, Oklahoma. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied with John DeMartelly and Thomas Hart Benton. In 1937, a commission from Sheffield Steel led to the eventual creation of more than twenty etchings based on various industrial processes. Almost all of his other works reflect his regionalist roots and the influence of his friend, Tom Benton. Nesbitt produced five of his most popular rural pieces for Associated American Artists during the period 1939 to 1946. From 1949 to 1951, Nesbitt taught etching at his alma mater and counted Reynold Weidenaar among his pupils. He is known for his black and white lithographs originating from renderings from the early 1930’s and 1940’s and rural-inspired drawings.