What did you know of Jack O’Neill & his iconic look before submitting your
Before I heard about the 60 Year Art & Innovation Tour I didn’t know about Jack O’Neill
himself, only the cool surfing brand. I read up on Jack and looked at photos
after hearing about the tour and found that he had amazing characteristics.
The beard and eye cap also reminded me of a pirate. I wanted to paint him as a
pirate but thought that he looked to kind and generous to be equipped with
swords and pistols. I found the photo of him where he was talking about his
life and Drew Kampion’s book, It’s Always Summer On The Inside, and thought
that it showed the characteristics that allot of people identify him with. I
also stuck with the picture because it has emotional value to it, as if it’s
saying: ‘a man who has lived’.
What medium’s do you work with?
I love the messy look in my work, so I mainly use charcoal, ink or oil color.
I also do digital art for which I use Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks.
What do you call your style of art?
I don’t have a specific style for my art, but I am inspired by works in styles
of Expressionism, Impressionism and Magic Realism. I’m also a huge fan of
concept art and I try to get that effect in my work.
Are you classically trained?
No. I’ve been exposed to art from a very young age and experimented with
different mediums and styles. I didn’t study Fine Art or had any formal
training in it.
Where would you like to see your piece eventually hanging?
Anywhere where it will inspire people, I believe a piece of art must have it’s