Jeremiah Goodman was born on October 22, 1922. Like many artists, he began drawing at an early age, when he was given a box of crayons to keep him occupied while convalescing from a childhood injury. He went on to attend the Lafayette High School, Franklin School of Professional Art, and the Parsons School of Design, where he studied painting with Betty Carter.

Although he had initially wanted to become a Hollywood Set designer, the artist eventually concentrated his talents on creating renderings of rooms. In 1952 he began illustrating rooms, furniture, and fashion accessories for Lord and Taylor's newspaper advertising. Gradually, his work also began appearing in the editorial pages of magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Harpers' Bazar, House and Garden, and Interior Design, whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years, for which he received, in 1987, the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of interior design.