Racine, Wi USA
Mediums: Digital Art
Favorite Quotes: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Favorite Book: Tragedy and Hope
Favorite Movie: The Deer Hunter, The Exorcist, Citizen Kane
My name is John W. Hansen a.k.a wiscojaydub or jaydub.. I live in Racine, Wisconsin. USA and am slightly over 64 now. Being retired & on disability, I am starting a new career being a self sustaining artist. I am doing what I have a huge passion for! You can't beat that… I started out with a Windows 98 computer, with 815 megabyte hard drive.
I somehow got online, and was messing with "Windows Paint". Then I got Twisted Brush, TB program size was what got me my first big puter (30 giga) and on to broadband. Once on broadband I got hooked on using Dogwaffle. I started out with the Dogwaffle 3 (I think?). Whatever version that was available back in 2004. I've been using PD Pro since 2004... and it's been a life changing experience. I truly now believe that me doing art in any medium is existential to me! I am blessed with the gift of digital art.
I use a Dell Inspirion 660 Inspiron 660 Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i5-3330s Processor (2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.20 GHz) Windows 7 1TB Hard Drive, 3.5 Inch, 7200rpm, SATA 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz16X DVD +/- RW Drive Intel HD Integrated Graphics Dell Outlet Inspiron 660 Minitower…
Please tell us about your first experience creating.
I had always been drawing since I was a kid. I did make a ceramic vase that looked like a tree trunk, when was 7 years old. I still have it with me.
What music do you like to have playing while creating art?
Classical, Jazz , Pink Floyd, Blues, Yes, Uriah Heep..
If you have a job besides being an artist, can you tell us about it?
I am retired, but am hoping to eventually have my art be self sustaining.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
I try to encourage the viewer to be involved in what their minds eyes sees in my art efforts.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
I start with a blank screen, Digital Art Programs, and a mouse. I begin to improvise using the four programs… Dogwaffle, Twisted Brush, Art Rage, and Adobe CS2 Photoshop. Once you start to become comfortable with the tools and filters, you begin to experiment and explore the vast realities of digital art. You also begin to enjoy the delete functions. You make a mistake…no problem. Delete! Enormously freeing in the creative process.
What things inspire you to create art?
Colors, Shapes, emotions, freedom to go nuts…
What exhibitions have you had?
Anderson Museum of Art, Wustum Museum of Art, Pollard Gallery, Arte Piso Gallery/Marshall Building and Envi Lounge.
Have you sold any of your artworks?
I have sold my 19x13 prints via art exhibits and online via FB
How do you promote your art on the internet?
Tell us about influences
Francis Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, Salvador Dali, Much Fool, Kandinsky,Van Gogh, Gaugin, Munch, Basquiat, and my marvelous muse/wife Maria Varga-Hansen
Tell us something interesting in your life
Before I started doing digital art, my life was average non risk taking middle age crisis. I started posting my early pieces on WETCANVAS a online artist community. I met my wife, who was living in Lake Balaton, Hungary. I flew to Hungary, and we fell in love. It has been the best 5 years of my life. It just keeps on getting better…
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
Keep on creating art, because that is what I am supposed to do.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Don’t give up on doing art, it is like eating, breathing, loving…
Racine, Wi USA