Jason here... Anyone that knows me knows that Im not one to toot my own horn, I'd rather toot other people's horn but I realize that sometimes things have to go the other way around.
Did you know that I am on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts? Yea. Did you know that I went to Skidmore College for Studio Art and somehow that entitles me to a Bachelor of Science. Lets get scientific! I've been in corporate america and escaped corporate america relatively unscathed. That experience did fuel a passion for things that are the opposite of what you would normally associate with corporate. Most of my life Ive felt like an outsider so I created a place where anyone can come and be accepted.
I've been painting for years, I still have yet to hit on my full stride but each painting is a testament to an intuitive process where I have zero idea what it will look like in the end, I start out with a lot of mistakes and wrong notes and refine just to the point where I can see something coming together then I stop and its done.
Every time someone buys one of my paintings that $ goes back into The Loading Dock.
It goes towards paying small time touring musicians, it goes towards keeping entrance prices low so that everyone can share in the experience. When you buy art from me (or any artist) you are buying a little piece of their soul that they are willing to part with. In my case, all of my stuff is for sale. Knowing that someone has something I made in their home gives me total satisfaction. When I come visit and I see my stuff I am reminded of a specific point in time, where it was made, what the weather was like and most importantly what music I was listening to at the time.
I started The Loading Dock because I needed more space to paint bigger paintings. I had been working with Jon Stroker at Bad Art for two years and my paintings kept getting bigger, finally they got too big for the gallery... That is when I heard from Jon about a potential space becoming available directly above and to the left of Bad Art, the entrance curiously enough was a giant loading dock.
A couple of things happening right now in the studio for me... I am working on a custom painted sk8 deck that will be auctioned off later this month to benefit the Bethlehem Skate Park. My band, Not Your Mother, will also be playing this event. The line up is so great, and the decks look amazing, if you are nearby or know somebody who is please pass along the info.
There is a logo in the works for the bethlehem skate park association, Ill show you that soonish, it is almost complete.
Skateboarding is important to me because I skated as a kid in the 80s, we didnt have skateparks, just crappy concrete and curbs, the occasional bank. As a result I do not have much ability on ramps, jumps, rails, boxes etc, as much as I hate to admit it, being over 40 does not work for learning new stuff like this... But I can encourage it in the younger generation so that is what Im doing!
I am also working on a custom painted kick drum also up for auction this spring/summer to benefit The Weathervane Theater in Whitefield NH.
Something that I've worked on for a while, the idea of collaborative painting, its been around for a while. Lately the collaborative painting has been up for all music events for people to contribute their voice in line and color.
We painted during a dance party at the end of April. The result had a lot of purple in it, we channeled the passing of Prince.