About The Artist:
Painter, Writer and Musician, Jon McConnell has studied various forms of art for over thirty years in North America and Europe. He began playing guitar and drawing at the age of five and writing short stories and pieces for theatre in his early twenties. Through his ardor for words, canvas and notes, Jon has a craving to discover, interpret and record the hurts and healings – the feelings and dealings – that lay in the raw of the heart of all of us.
Over the years, Jon has found himself increasingly drawn to the world of Modern Art, specifically, the simple poise and reductive composition of Geometric Abstraction. While many feel that this style results in purely non-objective art, Jon disagrees and believes that by introducing organic elements and personal emotions into his work, each observer has the opportunity to walk away with their own private experience and definition of what the piece means.
According to Jon, “True art is intercession. It stands in the gap and expresses the inexpressible. It should race our minds, rouse our spirits and incite our hearts. True art points to mystery and leads to revelation. The responsibility of an artist is to cultivate, harvest and present what has already been planted… Discover. Interpret. Record.”
In addition to painting, Jon has written, co-written, produced and directed several original theatre productions, is a Graphics Designer and has traveled the Southeast extensively over the past seven years as a musician.
He finally got to see his first “Rothko” in person on November 19, 2011………a.m.a.z.i.n.g. (See pics from the trip on the “Photos of the Artist” page!)
Jon currently lives in Upstate, SC with his seven(!) year old son, Jack Oliver.