We had the good fortune of connecting with John Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always been a passion and even though it’s not my main career I’m slowly making strides to making that a reality. I am in corporate IT at the moment which is helping pave the way financially but I feel sometimes my creative edge is taking a backseat due to lack of time. Sometimes my brain has so many ideas that need to get out but I don’t have the energy or time to get them out. For now I attend pop up art events and try to participate in art galleries when they have exhibitions for artists. These are keeping my drive going forward until I can make that leap and I am finally able to share all the wonderful ideas I have locked in the vault of my mind.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art nowadays has come a long way. In the digital world there are many avenues to go down and I chose the Procreate digital painting route. It was the closest thing to my style of art and the UI was just amazing . I was known for portraits and still life’s growing up in Pencil and Watercolor, eventually graduating up to oils. I never became as strong in oils like I wanted to but found a medium I truly could excel with in the digital arts. I mainly started out drawing fan art featuring sports figures, movie scenes, heroes, portraits and still life work to build up my technique. It took me about 5 years to finally get to a comfortable place with my art and now I want my work to focus on representing my culture and creating a signature style that all can recognize.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For me being in the art scene anything related to the arts is for me. Art pop events such as All Access, or Bayou City Festival. The MFAH or Menil, are great museums to go or you can visit winter street studios. Doing a mural art scavenger hunt is also pretty fun too and explore all the wonderful street art all over downtown and surrounding areas. Getting tired head down to the Post and taste some cultural food and occasionally you get to see artists work on display.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First I always give credit to God, as with all things I couldn’t do much if it wasn’t for Him. Any skills or techniques I have are only because he was gracious enough to give them to me especially Him being the master artist over everything. My family, wife Desirea, who encourages me to do my best everyday ! My son, Jai, who motivates me to show him how to use his talents to inspire others and help people with his gifts. Mother, June, who I inherited most of my art passion from and sister Chelsie who is always at every artshow! My mother in law who supports me with encouraging words and donations. To the friends who continue to support me through the years whether in person or through Social media those are my day ones!