Exploration


An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that he must not feel under any constraint. -Henri Matisse 




Tall Boy




The objective was to design an illustration for the Pabst Blue Ribbon art can.  This is the “OG Tall Boy” can created by Jesse Quam in October 2019.  “I was influenced by flash tattoo art when I started creating this illustration” -Jesse Quam

Jesse Quam what inspired you to actually create an art can?

I was talking with a PBR representative about creating a can a few years back.  I was impressed by the work that was being created by artists from around the globe.  I started working on a painting three winters ago.  My friend at PBR told me to add more characters and design elements.  I got discouraged and stoped working on the painting.  A few weeks ago I took a photo of said painting and redesigned it in Adobe Sketch.  I realized that it was something I needed to finish before the end of this year. I felt It would be a great way to finish the year and help me develop as an artist.    

How long have you been creating art?

I started creating art that I enjoy making three years ago.

What changed three years ago?

I realized that I was not enjoying the process of creating art.  Basically I was in the process of letting go of the past life experiences.  I was creating dark depressing art that reflected my mood about my reality.  The work I was creating needed a shift and so I decided to burn some sketch books and personal diaries.  This was the catalyst that ignited a whole new strain of art work.  

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on three new painting that I will be submitting to a group show next year.  

What do you look forward to in 2020?

The big shift.     


             














Reasoning & Distractions In Life


To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult. -Frida Kahlo

Street Cred


My name’s Mark, I ride a scooter.  I’m Badass.. -Blink 182

Quiver

The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.
-Stanley Kunitz

Come Alive

I believe that if you don't derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don't come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don't feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste. -Srikumar Rao

She



That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in. -Lauryn Hill

Prince At The Ritz 1981


My hair is capable of doing a lot of different things. -Prince


Cope With This


Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. -Rumi



Green Machine


The future will either be green or not at all. -Bob Brown

Outsider


They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong. -S.E. Hinton

Jane Jetson



JANE! STOP THIS CRAZY THING!! HELP JANE!!!! -George Jetson

Inner Child


“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” - Francis Bacon



Mystery




My splendid Art, you inspire me to write.
I love the way you see and listen,
invading my mind day and through the night,
always dreaming about the created mysteries.

Let me compare you to a sanctuary?
You are more dizzy, fizzy and busy.
Snow chills the berries of January,
and wintertime has the blended dizzy.

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love your ominous Earth, eyes and head.
Thinking of your fancy Eyes fills my days.
My love for you is the active wellhead.

Now I must away with a sublime heart,
remember my vast dreams whilst we're apart.

Hello


Time spent with cats is never wasted –Sigmund Freud




Elephant Love



Now the question is - are you ready, for the real revolution?
Which is the evolution of the mind?
If you seek then you shall find that we all come from the divine.
You dig what I'm saying?
Now if you take heed to the words of wisdom
that are written on the walls of life
then universally, we will stand and divided we will fall.
Because love conquers all, you understand what I'm saying?
This is a call to all you sleeping souls.
Wake up and take control of your own cipher
and be on the lookout for the spirit snipers
trying to steal your light; you know what I'm saying?
Look within side yourself, for peace
Give thanks, live life and release.
You dig me? You got me?

Yayoi


Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. 
-Yayoi Kusama

Self Portrait


We have art in order not to die of the truth.  -Friedrich Nietzsche



Love




Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. -Lao Tzu

Still Life



You are so many you are not just one. –Karin Broos