Any other influences?
Odd as it sounds, my influences come more from painting than from mosaic. My top 5 list would include: Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, William Henry Johnson and perhaps Edouard Manet. I think their art translates nicely from painting to mosaic. I often use their monographs when teaching to help students quickly work up a design idea.
What’s your most recent project?
I was commissioned to paint for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Each selected artist was assigned two states. I was given Delaware and Connecticut. The donkeys were on display throughout Philadelphia starting July 1st for two months.
My Delaware Donkey features the Nemours Gardens on the front view as well as the Delaware Democratic Committee logo of the Blue Hen. The state flower, the Peach Blossom, is shown as well. The rear of the donkey features a Bethany Beach scene with a tribute to Beau Biden.
Are there any other styles, considerations you’re hoping to explore?
My goal, in my art, is all about mining different ways of seeing. By this I mean establishing unique constructs each showing a way in which the representational world can be seen. All of the artists that I named above have clearly established unique ways that the world could be visually understood. When you see one of Paul Cezanne’s peaches you know that it is his work by how it is stylized.
Which works are you trying to get approved/funding for now?
I would love to be able to create a piece for the Please Touch Museum. I think my art would be a great fit for the kids that visit the Museum.
Where can people see your works?
Citizens Bank Park, the National Constitution Center, the National Liberty Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley College, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lower Merion High School, Dickinson College, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Beth Sholom Synagogue in Las Vegas, NV, Bet Shalom Synagogue in Minnetonka, MN, Temple Israel in SwampScott, MA, the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and the Perelman Jewish Day School in Wynnewood, PA, the among other sites. You can also see my art at the Silverman Gallery in Buckingham PA. Tell the gallery owner, Rhonda that Jonathan sent you.