What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Jon Shaw and I’m from St. Catharines, Ontario!
What do you do? You can also talk about the materials and mediums that you use?
I work on multiples series/bodies of work, but my main focus is the documentation of the fleeting and changing alleyway and urban landscape structure of Vancouver, BC.
What does your creative process look like ?
I photograph subject locations, then combine those images in Photoshop to create a more dynamic and exaggerated composition. That becomes an ink drawing on clear primed wood, which then gets layers of acrylic applied on top.
How long have you been doing what you do?
6 years, professionally.
What got you interested in it? What got you started?
I’ve always been an artist, even when I was young and in art school but I’m better now.
How would you describe your style of work?
A contemporary mixed media blend of drawing and painting.
What are one or two things that inspire you to be creative?
The urge to expel some sort of internal creative force that makes me feel strange if I don’t get it out. If I go too long without studio time, I feel really grumpy.
What are some challenges you’ve faced? How have you dealt with it?
You encounter people in the world who can’t be convinced to take an artist seriously. But, I deal with that by all the positive encounters I have with the other 90% who admire and/or enjoy the life choice. I live in a city, so you will encounter all varieties of attitudes. However, it’s become more of an inspiration in itself, so now it’s definitely less of a “challenge” and more of an encouragement which is a nice progression.
What motivates you to keep doing what you do (creatively and otherwise)?
Aside from needing to get that energy out, it’s just wonderful and satisfying to see my bodies of work grow and evolve.
Is your body of work influenced by someone or something?
The ever changing complexities of urban landscapes.
What are your creative goals and aspirations?
Continue to work full-time as an artist and maintain the lifestyle that comes with it. I’d like to use it as an excuse to see different places and meet different people.
What the longest one piece have taken you to do?
A current painting which is larger then usual is taking around 40-50 hours currently.
How do you balance your social life, family life and creative life?
I host art parties at my studio where others and myself make a social and productive activity on a Friday night with music and wine.
Why is it important to have a creative outlet?
Because otherwise I’d explode!