Marine, Tattoo Artist and Painter
Feedback from Jack Hendrix
For as long as I can remember I have had a pencil in my hand. I have always had this strong urge to create and its something that I cannot ignore. It’s always there in the back of my mind, some idea or subject just itching to be created, and it won’t stop until I get it out on paper or canvas.
I spent part of my childhood in a rural area of Oklahoma. There was no art teacher, art class or emphasis on art in school. I developed my drawing skills the only way I knew how. I would find a photo of something that would interest me and then copy it. I was also a big fan of comic books, so I learned from drawing them as well.
In 1996, after high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. The operation tempo did not leave me much time to draw. In fact I really didn’t draw much of anything for several years. I tried oil painting after I got married in 1999 and was frustrated with it. I had no idea what I was doing so I put the paint away.
Sometime around my 15th year in the Marine Corps I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship at a local tattoo shop. While at the shop I was introduced to color. I had never really used color before, everything I did was with a pencil or charcoal. I began to read as much as I could on color theory and its application.
Shortly there after, I decided to try my hand at painting again, and this time I would not give up until I figured it out. Without any formal training the progress was slow. My first few attempts were not very good but I was determined. I had a lot of time on my hands because I was also in the process of retiring from the Marine Corps. I used this time wisely and devoted all of my free time to developing my art.
I have been painting now for the last three years. I still have trouble with technique and application. I am happy enough with my skill level to start to sell my paintings, but I know I have so much more to learn. I know I have bad habits I’m just not sure what they are. I usually identify my bad habits when I read a book or watch a video. Once I discover one I adjust my technique and apply it to my next painting.
Over the years I have grown as an artist, but I am still not where I want to be. Being selected to be a part of this course would give me the much needed knowledge that I seek. This instruction will ease the struggle of my “trial and error” approach. I suspect it will be a though someone turned on a light in a dark room. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for considering me for this opportunity.
I think the “contemporary old master” is William-Adolphe Bouguereau. His images are timeless and thought provoking.
Frank Frazetta is my favorite non-comtemporary fine artist. I love how his paintings take the viewer to these fantastic worlds full of barbarians, powerful women and monsters.
My main challenges in art are composition and technique.