Jack Marlowe Wise was born in Centerville, Iowa in 1928. He studied at Washington University receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1953 and Florida State University, obtaining a Master of Science in Art degree in 1955.
Following his studies Wise began teaching. He travelled to San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico where he taught and worked with the Native Americans living there at the time.
Wise immigrated to Canada in 1963. He received a Canada Council grant in 1966 that allowed him to travel to northern India, where he spent time with refugee Tibetan Buddhist monks.
Wises' paintings often explore the spiritual realm incorporating abstraction and archetypes.
Throughout the 1970's and 1980's Wise continued to paint, study and teach, at institutions such as the University of California, Victoria College of Art and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.
Wise's work is found in many public collections in Canada. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy and the Pacific North West School.
He died in 1996.