1. Can you tell us a little bit about your art? How did you get started?
I started painting in 1998 after the unexpected death of my father. I used my art as a means of healing and never intended it to blossom into a career. At the encouragement of friends I started to show and sell some of my pieces. I thought–if I could make a career out of doing something I love I would have to give my all and make it happen.
Although I have a number of art styles, my primary art style is known as Escapism. Generally, it combines confident, vibrant abstract brushstrokes with a few elements of realism: an arrow, a cloud, a numeral or a checkerboard grid. Just as the healing process is not easy, neither is the true appreciation of abstract art. The touch of realism assists the viewer to become comfortable with the world of the abstract.
2. What is/are your favorite medium(s)?
My primary medium is acrylic on canvas or wood. However, I love to work with a great deal of additional media, including salvage wood, neon, enamel, graphite and collage.
3. What are a few of your favorite pieces?
The most exclusive body of work and one that I’m most proud of is the Satori series. You can read and see a video about it by following this link: http://www.johnpalmerart.com/satori.php
4. The goal of your mentorship program is to destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist… How did you overcome the obstacles you faced when you were starting out? Also, how do up and coming artists apply for John Ross Palmer’s Mentorship Program?
For me personally, I learned that I had to trust my own instincts about art and business. So many people would tell me: I’m creating too much, I’m overexposed, I need a Masters degree, I need to be in the “right” galleries. None of this is true. I now create art as a full-time business. I must create to make ends meet–it is not a hobby. I’m not apologetic about wanting to earn money and be a success, just like any other professional. Read more here: http://www.EscapistProgram.com.
5. Finally, from where do you draw your inspiration?
I love to travel and I gain a tremendous amount of inspiration from visiting new places and interacting with new cultures. I have beautiful memories from my childhood from riding horses–they often appear in my artwork. Nature is a huge inspiration, and so is light.
Photo credit: Paul Ladd