Jon Tritt is a self-taught artist who has been drawing & painting since childhood. He finds inspiration for his watercolor paintings, many of which are nature-themed, from both photographs and the outdoors. Check out Jon’s work at Cornerstone throughout December.
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Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I am a self-taught artist and have been around art all my life. I have worked in all different types of mediums, but my current focus is on watercolor and acrylics.
I find watercolors very relaxing. It comes very naturally to me. I like using acrylics for their graphic detail and saturated color.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My seventh grade art teacher was an inspiration to me. Also, looking at various local and national artists’ works is inspirational.
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
It is hard to pick a favorite, but I do get attached to some more than others.
What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?
Practice, Practice, Practice. Try not to get frustrated during the learning process, and keep painting fun.
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I began painting professionally seven years ago but have been involved in drawing, art and photography since I was a child. Although I work in various media, including oils and acrylics, watercolor is a natural fit for both my style and my favorite subjects: nature and landscapes. Working in my studio allows me to concentrate on details and tight compositions, but during the warm months of the year, I also paint plein air. Painting outdoors provides me the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, explore environments beyond my studio and continually sharpen my skills. When working from the studio, I use digital photographs as inspiration and reference, usually various landscapes, animals or other interesting subjects. Recently, I began teaching watercolor classes and have found that I learn so much from my students. Our workshop environment allows me to see different perspectives and experiment with various techniques as we work through the painting process.