21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Jon Kardamis


Jon Kardamis, Who Will Help Her, oil, 30 x 40.

Jon Kardamis, Who Will Help Her, oil, 30 x 40.

Art Education: Bachelor of Science in studio art from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. I also completed internships with T.J. Cunningham and Adam Clague. After I graduated, I spent the summer studying with renowned portrait artist Michael Shane Neal.

Style: I am a representational portrait painter.

Creative Spark: There is no greater spark for creativity than coffee.

Second-Choice Career: I would be a barber in my own barbershop. Throughout college, I used haircuts as a way to help pay for my tuition.

Other Passions: What really motivates me to paint is the desire to help others through my work. During my senior year of school, I worked on a painting that helped raise support and awareness for abused children. It is my hope to use my art simply as a platform to reach others who are in need.

Best Advice Received: Treat your art as a business and your clients like family.

Biggest Fear: My biggest fear is not fulfilling all the plans that God has for my life.

Pet Peeve: Society’s stifling demands on how your life should be lived.

Quirkiest Trait: I am an avid whistler, to both the joy and annoyance of those around me.

Mantra or Motto: Do your best and let God do the rest.

Favorite Studio Music: I enjoy movie soundtracks such as Gladiator, Man of Steel, and Legends of the Fall. On occasion I’ll fancy a bit of Josh Groban and The Piano Guys.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Anything by Dan Gerhartz is inspirational gold.

Price Range: $350 to $2,900.

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