Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Pucci.
Jon, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Before there were phones, game boys, or other electronic means of keeping children busy, my mother found the best way to keep me quiet and occupied was with a sketchbook and pencils. That is to say, I can’t remember when I began drawing or “making art,” and similarly I can’t remember ever making the choice to become an artist because it’s always been more of a “fish got to swim” type of thing. A friend of mine once said to me, “Don’t be an artist unless you have no other choice. Do anything, literally any career choice will be easier and probably more successful. But if you don’t have a choice, be an artist.” So, I guess that’s how it feels for me.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Most of my work is either influenced by or deals with environmental issues. As a surfer, snowboarder and cyclist, I draw most of my inspiration for my art from my time spent outdoors. If you’re paying attention at all, I don’t need to tell you what a difficult and critical time we live in today when it comes to the health of our planet and its creatures. For years now, I’ve been making art to bring attention to these issues; executing my ideas through painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. As of right now I’ve been predominantly painting large scale murals with house paint as well as painting and drawing on paper with sumi ink and acrylic.
I discovered sumi in college from a Chinese painting class and I fell in love with the rich black ink and the variations I could get from using just one brush. Wet on wet, dry brush, you can make a fine point or turn it in its side and make bold fat lines. In this style of painting it’s more important that you have a meditative experience than it is to represent the world in an accurate way. Holding the brush almost at its end and perpendicular to the paper, you push and pull the brush around the page using your whole arm; in this way I feel I can communicate a sense of dynamism and energy in my marks. When someone looks at one of my pieces, I want them to feel that. I’m trying to convey energy.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Life moves so fast right now and things are becoming so disposable. You work on your own little thing for so long and hope someone will notice and then if they do notice it becomes a challenge to remain relevant. Social media has made life a lot easier for artists in terms of getting your artwork seen, but it’s a double-edged sword.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Hire me to paint a mural or commission me to make a piece! You can also visit my website at jonpucci.com or it would probably be easier to email or get in touch with me over Instagram (*disappointing sigh*) at @jonnypucci.
- Website: Jonpucci.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jonnypucci
Photos by celeste byers, myself, Stan Moniz.