by LaJon Miller
"I am a Southern California based artist and I’ve been drawing since I was four years old. I would sit in front of our television and draw scenes from old Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Popeye cartoons. So I guess it was around the age of ten that I realized how much I loved getting lost in my own world creating characters or scenes from my head. Life eventually led me to getting 3D Animation degree then receiving formal art training from an old watercolor and oil painting master in Glendale CA. And later on I taught myself how to use the more modern mediums such as acrylic and spray paint.
I am a fan of the old masters like Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet, Charles Bargue as well as pop culture masters like Dali, graffiti artist like Justin Bua and comic book illustrating masters such as Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, J. Scott Campbell, Rob Liefeld, Jack Kirby and Akira Toriyama.
On many creative expressions I like to work with vibrant color, and on many occasions textured surfaces. I like to use color to evoke a visual reaction. Texture in an art piece has always been very alluring to me, so I want to create that individual attraction for the viewer to want to touch my artwork.. I tend to work with acrylic and watercolor mediums because of the faster application and drying process. Often times I find myself exploring and mixing different paint mediums. Crossing over spray paint into acrylics. As well as combining watercolor, ink and acrylic paint.
I’ve been focusing my present creative energy on painting and illustrating women. The women in my paintings are not based on any one specific female or feminine figure in my life but a plethora of many women. Women have been a direct influence to a multitude of positive and significant transitions throughout my life experiences. Especially in the direction towards an art career. In this present state I live in a world of massive gender inequality and I’m making it my personal responsibility as a man to use my voice creatively to bring attention and awareness to the strength, passion, resilience, innovation and beauty that women can offer to the world. If we allow women to receive the same opportunities and treatment there can only be amazing positivity and growth for us as human beings. The power of creation and the universe itself exists within the woman and without her we could never be."
“My voice stands with her voice, and each line I create builds a step towards equality for her.”