Jon Paul is one of the most talented artist/photographers in the industry. His covers appear regularly in books issued by the leading publishing houses.
In the mid-80's, Jon was one of sixteen art students chosen worldwide to participate in a nine-month program at the prestigious New York Academy of Fine Arts. He also attended the National Academy of Design under Nelson Shanks, the official portrait painter of the late Princess Diana. Jon Paul has received more than 20 awards for excellence from the Romance Writers of America, often placing in two or more of the top ten positions.
His work has appeared on the cover to one of the leading fashion magazines (Zink September 2004) in the industry. He also painted an advertisement for Chopard who is one of the world's famous jeweler's who designs jewelry for the celebrities. In 2005 Jon's work was showcased on a True Romance gaming machine which was distributed in casinos worldwide and in January 2006 he completed an advertising campaign for Oral-b which includes portraits of celebrities like Fabio. His portrait of Fabio appeared on Valentine's Day 2006 on the NASDAQ Digital Billboard in Time Square NYC. Ever vigilant to expanding his horizons, Jon Paul pursues his fine art as well as his commercial ventures, both are enjoyed by thousands of fans that visit his website every year. Jon Paul's work can also be viewed at www.jonpaulstudios.com
and www.myspace.com/jonpaulstudios http://www.facebook.com/romanceartistjonpaul
Jon Paul was recently commissioned to design the artwork for the tombstone of Anna Nicole Smith which he completed and was unveiled on what would have been her 41st birthday.
....To be successful, you have to be unique. So different, that if people want what you have, they have to come to you to get it"- Walt Disney....
"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." -Buddha
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ~~Camille Pissarro
Your talent is GOD's gift to you! What you do with your talent is your gift back to GOD ...
A story I read years ago and I still remember it to this day....
The famous French artist Henri Matisse, toward the end of his life it would take him very long time to get out of bed every morning due to his arthritis. One day his caretaker asked him, "Why Henri, do you go through such pain to get up and work everyday ... you have your place in history, you have all the money you want and fame." Why?? Henri simply replied, "because the beauty surpasses the pain."
The Legend of the Thorn Bird
There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain.... Or so says the legend.
I always believe all the arts are the same and join into one another. Whether you are a painter, actor, actress, dancer, poet, etc., you are basically portraying a feeling that you want your viewer to feel, whether it be happiness, sorrow, love etc....... and I also believe when an artist can bring there viewer into their world for even a moment, that is when we have succeeded as artist, that we have touched the human spirit of another person and that is the highest compliment an artist can achieve in my opinion in return... Jon Paul