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About 

      I work in multiple mediums, on multiple substrates.  Surreal landscapes that twist, and turn, and become animated through perspective are the makeup of my alternate reality.  Through use of a saturated palette, and dynamic light source, combined with distorted spatial issues, a unique, whimsical feeling is evoked in my work.  The compositions are sometimes compared to scenes from "Alice in Wonderland," Toon Town in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and sometimes likened to the unique worlds of Escher or Salvador Dali.  

     

     I draw inspiration from the impressionists for their use of color to express light and their actual application of paint on the canvas, techniques that continue to impress, awe, and influence me.  Surrealists like Rene Magritte have left an indelible mark on me by creating realities where there are no rules.  I appreciate Caravaggio and other Baroque-Era painters for their dynamic use of light source, and painters like Salvador Dali who create expansive landscapes with un-ending space through use of perspective.  Modern street-art, and grafitti also heavily influences my work, complimentary colors, and seemingly 3-D compositions being the attributes that interest me.  Comic books, concert poster art, product label art, the list of visual inspirations is endless  

     

     Simply, I enjoy creating worlds to escape to in my fine art.  With my perspective typically expanding outwards, a viewer is immersed into the landscape, traveling from the real world to mine.  It's a journey that I create, with my hands through my brush.  Take the trip!

 

    In addition to my fine-art, I enjoy creating functional design that contains elements of my aesthetic ideology and style.  Commercial signage, logos, visual branding, personalized shoes, beer can labels, not much is off limits.  Working with my hands to physically create projects, the production side of design is very fulfilling and therapeutic for me.  The process is satisfying.  I am a maker.  

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Who is JJM4?

     I am a fine-artist living in Northfield, MA, originally from Amherst, MA.  I have always been a drawer/doodler since I was young.  My parents would consistently buy me colored pencils, markers, and drawing pads for holidays.  I am thankful that they cultivated my artistic aspirations  from a young age and made accessible materials for creating.  After filling multiple sketchbooks in my pre-adolescent years, I attended The Williston Northampton School, graduating in 2001.  New materials, and different mediums were available to me there.  I took multiple elective, design classes such as architectural drawing, life drawing, and finally painting during my senior year.  I took to painting naturally, being able to manipulate a medium with a brush, visualize a final product, and take the necessary steps to make the concept become material on the canvas, a finished product which was inherently mine, a part of me.   

     

     I continued my interest in the visual-arts while attending Lafayette College in Easton, PA.  I was an Economics/Business major to start, while fullfilling my core-curriculum, and taking multiple electives, which included almost all visual-arts classes.  The beauty of a liberal-arts college is that, through a diverse curriculum, a student gravitates toward a field that is most fulfilling.  Thus, halfway through college, I had changed my major from Economics to Studio-Art, a decision that would really change my life.  Throughout my time at Lafayette, I continued to gain knowledge and skills in the visual arts, honing my own personal craft.  I grew confidence apprenticing under multiple professional artists, working as a Teacher's Assistant, and having success in my individual assignments.

     

     My studio classes were fulfilling on a personal level,  I was motivated  and eager to produce new work and grow as an artist.  My career priorities had changed, and my idea of the future had shifted from crunching numbers behind a desk 9-5, to creating representations of myself through art, and having a need for a creative outlet working with my hands.  After multiple Internships, independent studies, art-histories, teacher's assistant jobs, public art instalations, and curated shows, I graduated in 2005 with a BA in Studio Art.  Thus, my career was launched as an artist and I have not looked back since.  

 

     I strive for continuous growth as an artist, always learning new techniques and skills, and I seek out new ways of looking at the world, influencing my self-expression.  I create fun, unique, colorful compositions that brighten the dreary, and monotonous routine of daily life.  I live in this alternate dream world, and find solace.  My hope is to share this world with others, in hopes that they too can enter into the work and be fulfilled through the journey.  

Education

The Williston Northampton School 2001
Easthampton, MA

 

Lafayette College B.A. Studio Art 2005
Easton, PA

Skills

     Proficient with stretching canvas, matting, framing, working with large tools and machinery.  Experienced with the Adobe Suite, other design platforms including flexi-sign, and multiple production managers for wide-format printing.  Experienced working with wide-format printing on materials including, but not limited to, different papers, vinyl, banner stock, canvas, magnet, and t-shirt transfer materials. (Roland, Epson, Mimaki)   Experienced with digital photography and editing. 

     I am an illustrator, painter and sculptor and am well rounded in my own personal design practices.  I personalize shoes, creating functional art.  I design and create commercial signage and digital branding, and unique art for beer can labels.  I also design and paint murals.  I am a man of many hats!   

Additional Work Experience 

TEACHER'S ASSISTANT; LAFAYETTE COLLEGE EASTON, PA - 2003-2005 Beginning and Intermediate painting; responsible for setting up the room, making materials available, providing individual student help emphasizing the requirements and purpose of the project.  Administer and participate in weekly critiques.  Evaluate student work with the professor throughout the assignment.   

 

GALLERY ASSISTANT; GROSSMAN GALLERY LAFAYETTE COLLEGE EASTON, PA - 2004

Assisted gallery curator and professional artists in organization of multiple shows.  Constructed and prepped walls and problem solved with the installation of unique artwork.  Organized, designed, and sent out marketing materials for opening receptions.  Helped run opening receptions.  Prepped various fine art for shipping.  

 

PAID INTERNSHIP; R. MICHELSON GALLERY; NORTHAMPTON, MA - SUMMER 2005

Responsible for data entry and cataloging of fine art.  Assisted in various daily duties around the gallery.  On-site assistant for events.  Met artists and gained experience in a for-profit environment.  Assisted framing shop.  

 

SIGN SHOP PRODUCTION ASSISTANT; MOUNT SNOW RESORT WEST DOVER, VT - 2005-2007

Responsible for production, application and installation of signs, banners, marketing visuals, and other various visual information on multiple substrates using a variety of materials.  Gained experience working with wide-format, print and cut eco-solvent printers, vinyl, lamination and heat press applications.  Gained experience working with design programs such as Flexi-Sign, Adobe Suite and color theory across a variety of printed mediums.  

 

SIGN SHOP PRODUCTION ASSISTANT; SIGN-A-RAMA WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - SUMMER 2008  

Responsible for production, application, and installation of signs, banners, marketing visuals, and other various visual information on multiple substrates using multiple materials.  Gained experience working in a commercial sign shop, with emphasis on customer service.  Assisted in production of light boxes, and vehicle graphic wraps.  Responsible for prompt delivery and installation of signs.  

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