John’s Pass Pelican

A blast from the past.
This 11″x 14″ ink and watercolor was the result of a trip to John’s Pass, Florida near Treasure Island. I was sitting under the boardwalk where the shops are and was observing this pelican. Having come to this location to capture something with299358_10151241027930030_458027654_n-1 ink on watercolor paper, I was prepared to sketch as this big bird hung around at the dock. He didn’t seem to mind me doing this sketch of him however I sat as still as I could so as not to scare him off. Being able to do the entire sketch on the spot, I added the watercolor back in my hotel room.

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

The Walls of A Studio Show A Careful Hand

The Walls of A Studio Show A Careful Hand, is the title of a very small (2.5 inches in diameter) paper collage I did using magazine pages. I created the collage in November of 2019 at a collage workshop at Indianapolis Contemporary (former the Indianapolis Museum Of Contemporary Art) which closed last April after 19 years in operation. I had made a larger collage at the workshop and did this small one intending to use a button maker Indianapolis Contemporary had to turn it into a button. Alas, the button maker was broken so the button was never made. Nevertheless, I liked what I was inspired to create (this little saying) and wanted to make use of it. Unfortunately the glue sticks provided at the workshop were along the line of what might be used in elementary school (please don’t consider that an editorial statement) so the finished collages were not necessarily of a permanent type. However, taking photographs of them provided much more use of the images than the actual works themselves provided… plus it gave me an opportunity to sign my works in a inconspicuous way.
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Not long after I took the photo of my small collage I uploaded the image to my online store where I am able to offer it as art prints, on coffee mugs, T-shirts and even throw pillows… which brings me to why I started writing this blog entry in the first place. Thing is, I really like the words and design of what was originally just my simple secondary artwork. So I bought the throw pillow version of my little collage so I could have it in plain view on the couch in my studio.
Now that the pillow is on my couch I am continually reminded of what a magical place an art studio is (and should be). Of course I could just as easily absorb the ambiance of the environment each time I enter, but just like you dear reader, I sometimes take things for granted. Now, even when I get too busy to take time to smell the roses, I’ve got a little pillow to remind me of the magic and wonder of being able to work in an art studio is (plus it is really comfortable for when I take naps there).
Do you keep little reminders around to help you get inspired or to help you not take things for granted? If so, what are they? Feel free to leave a comment. Who knows? Maybe what you do will be of benefit to someone else.
The Walls of a Studio Throw Pillow

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

I Heard An Angel Weeping



Okay, I’m not a poet nor do I remotely claim to be. However I read something so incredibly baffling to me today on Facebook concerning the current pandemic best practices we all should be doing… and the blind-eye turned toward them by some… it inspired a poem.
Sometime my muse leads me into strange territories.
•••••••
I Heard An Angel Weeping
~~~~~
I heard an angel weeping,
and I asked her why she cried.
She said she had been sent to earth
when a little baby died.
~~~~~
Mother and father couldn’t save him,
no matter how they tried.
The nurse and Doctor both worked hard,
they sit exhausted… and sighed.
~~~~~
Someone had endangered baby
while living with selfish pride.
That person wouldn’t change her ways,
knew precautions… still denied.
~~~~~
Needlessly touched surfaces,
where a virus did reside.
Then at a store touched
items on which it went to hide.
~~~~~
Poor baby later grabbed an item
where that virus did abide.
The carrier was on her way,
ignorance with each and every stride.
~~~~~
I heard an angel weeping,
and I asked her why she cried.
She said she had been sent to earth
when that little baby died.
•••••
John Essex II, 4/15/20
~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

Another Book Review (but I promise this really is a visual artist’s blog)

Here we go… another book review. I’ve not written this many book reviews since I was in the eighth grade… and this is only my 2nd in as many months.
I just finished another book by yet another Florida author. As it happens, this is the second book by author Ron Base that I have read. Honestly, I was much more impressed by this book titled, Bring Me The Head Of The Sanibel Sunset Detective, than I was by the other book I read in this same series. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the title of the other Sanibel Sunset Detective book… because all the titles in this series contain the words Sanibel Sunset Detective.
Though I don’t see this book winning a Pulitzer Prize of any sort, it has definitely won me over to being a fan of Base’s Sanibel Sunset Detective series. Now I am on a quest to read all of them and there are about ten, if the titles are any indicator… and I know I’ve already read one other (but like I said, I don’t know which one).
The main character in Bring Me The Head Of The Sanibel Sunset Detective, Tree Callister, is a former “old school” reporter from Chicago who is now a private detective working out of (of all places) Sanibel Island, Florida. One could safely assume a private detective on a south west Florida barrier island known best for sea shells and expensive real estate would not be busy much with assignments other than finding lost pedigreed poodles and securing recipes for coconut encrusted grouper. However Callister, in a bumbling sort of way, gets mixed up in a case involving a missing person, some short tempered local police, questionable FBI agent(s), a spiteful ex-spouse, international intrigue… and professional “hit people”. As if those were not enough to pique ones interest, author Base spins this tale in a way that (appears to me at least) seems an amalgamation of humor that might come from a brainstorming session between Jerry Seifeld and Mike Royko (okay… the Royko reference might be telling of my own age… but it’s one that fits… and frankly, I weep for you if you are not familiar with Royko).
As far as star ratings go, I’d have to give Bring Me The Head Of The Sanibel Sunset Detective a 3 1/2 our of 5 stars… but that is not actually a clear description. If a reader is a fan of easy reading, subtle humor with a hint of American neo-noir detective film references added for additional flavoring, I’d have to go 5 out of 5 stars.
Take what you want from the rating. As for me, I’m on the lookout for more Sanibel Sunset Detective capers… and hungry now for coconut encrusted grouper.
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~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

Something Different, A Book Review (and it’s not even an art book)

Here is a little something completely different from my other posts here, but I figured, Why not?Untitled

Having recently finished Randy Wayne White‘s newest novel, Salt River, my wife encouraged me to post a review to he Facebook book review page Reviewed For You By Pam (http://bit.ly/PamReview)… so hold on to your seats.
It’s no secret that White is my favorite author and I jump at the chance to (almost annually) get an autographed copy every time he produces another mystery in his Doc Ford series. I do have another highly favored writer who has a great series with a particular couple of of unique characters, but since Arthur Conan Doyle isn’t writing any new ones, I find myself waiting impatiently for White’s newest creations.
First, let me say one of the things I like best about all of the books in the Doc Ford series (and I’ve read all 26 of them) is the way White has a way of creating an environment where one feels familiar and aware of the surroundings and the people in it. Perhaps that’s true for me mostly because his main character, Dr. Marion Ford, a marine biologist with a black-ops past, operates out of Sanibel Island and southwest Florida is a place I enjoy. Consequently I’m at least somewhat familiar already with the kind of places (and many of the people) described in Whites novels. Having said that, I think White’s Doc Ford series will appeal to many who favor the mystery genre but have never even been to Florida, much less the south west part of it.
The plot in Salt River surrounds the end result of the other main character, Tomlinson, and his past college-days penchant for making deposits in a bank that is not set up for receiving money. The years have sped by and now his child Delia and her half-siblings have planned a gathering to meet each other and learn about their “Dad”, a latter-day sarong-wearing hippie who lives aboard his sailboat in fictitious Dinkin’s Bay of Sanibel Island.
Of course other plots abound and are intertwined. Those include recovered gold treasure, thievery, shady Bahamian government and US operatives, fast women and slow Freemasons. Yeah, quite the potpourri… but White makes it work and work well.
Five out of five stars.
Now I wait for Doc Ford novel #27.

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

Multi-Person Caricatures… Fun Multiplied

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Something I’ve been doing annually now for a few years is commissioned multi-person caricatures. I suppose there could be a another name for them, like “group” caricatures… but I’m kind of fond of the term multi-person. I think I like that term better because it speaks to the fact there is an individual nature portrayed with each person in the caricature which, in my mind, is the very heart of what I try to present.

But enough of what to call these 2 dimensional fun-fests made of paper, ink, and colored pencil, I’d prefer to focus on what is so appealing about them. For starters, all the multi-person caricatures I’ve been commissioned to do were of groups of people that had a strong bond whether by fraternal ties or long term friendships. Groups like that already have a sort of group dynamic that increases the fun of seeing that dynamic in a fun way via caricaturing. Something I’ve always done with these commissions is make sure everyone in the group receives a print of the finished caricature which expands the fun of them. The original hand colored multi-person caricature usually goes to the person who commissioned the caricature or to the person in the group that is targeted to be honored or surprised by the group caricature.

Though information about the individuals in the group for the multi-person caricature is shared with me, as are the characteristics that makes the group a particular dynamic, the end result is always one of surprise for those featured.  Primarily, I suppose, because I do not let anyone in the group see my work before the time it is to be presented or delivered. Additionally there are so many ways to include particulars about the subjects, and how a caricaturist interprets them, that the person who worked closest with the caricaturist as well as the individuals caricatured in the work are invariably surprised… and pleased if I do say so myself.

Every artist hopes their patrons enjoy the artwork they have commissioned for many, many years to come. In my own art career I’ve been fortunate enough to have had positive feedback long after my own fine art commissions have been received. But something I’ve noticed about caricatures, and I realize this is purely anecdotal and not scientific, there seems to be an additional level of joy or appreciation for the work because of the way a moment in the life of the subject is captured. When that moment includes those with whom the subject shares a particular bond as in a multi-person caricature, the additional level of joy or appreciation appears to be a bit deeper.       Yeah… I love my job.

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~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and/or to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

Cairns

I’ve recently read articles about how people are stacking stones too much and the various ecological problems associated with creating them. Personally… I believe that is a gargantuan load of PC BS.
Since the dawn of humans on this planet we have looked for ways to express ourselves and these cairns are a supreme example of that. There is something meditative, peaceful and “in-the-moment” about creating these and when finished a sense of primal accomplishment no matter how simple they may have been. Part of the oneness with our environment the cairn-maker feels is knowing that the elements will eventually participate in the overall process by deconstructing the human creation and place the stones back among the landscape thus making the process complete. However before the overall process is complete the cairn stands and reminds other visitors to the area that a brother or sister human was there, enjoyed a creative and meditative moment then left the area with a communication that they were there but knowing eventually there would be no trace of their visit whatsoever… and are happy with that.

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~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

Thank You Nice People For Being Nice People

As a bagpiper (it’s one of the things I do in my small business, EssexArt ABC, LLC) I just finished doing many performances during a long, fun-filled, St. Patrick’s Weekend in Indianapolis. It’s been a couple of days now since my last performance on Monday, March 18 (yes… the day after St. Patrick’s Day) and my body is still a little sore and fatigued. The weekend performances started on Friday, March 15 in the morning at an historic downtown Indianapolis private club, The Antelope Club, that opened its doors for revelers to start their day before the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That parade always occurs in Indianapolis on a week day and since the holiday fell on Sunday this year, Friday was parade day. After having some Murphy’s Irish Stout (the good people who sponsored many of my performances during the weekend bring that fine product to the Indianapolis area) and bagpiping to an appreciative crowd at “The Lope”, I joined in with Antelope Club members who had a parade unit and marched in the parade. Or maybe I should say marched in the cold, windy, misty and… COLD parade (I really don’t think I expressed enough how bitingly COLD the parade was). Of course I played my bagpipes the whole way, but about half-way through the parade my fingers were numb and it seemed my bagpipe reeds were frozen and mad at me for being so demanding of them, like an irritated Chihuahua after fetching the same ball for the 378th time … but on I marched and played. Why? Because the cold, bundled-up parade watchers smiled, cheered, applauded and appeared to be genuinely appreciative.
Appreciative, that’s the word and description that inspired this blog entry in the first place. At each of my bagpiping performances before, during and after the parade on Friday… and at all performances on Saturday… and Sunday… and the one on Monday… I  had a wonderful time and encountered countless nice and appreciative people. There I was, just a regular guy… yes, kilted, sporting more green beads than Mt. T has gold necklaces… and playing bagpipes… but really just a regular guy, but was continually humbled by friendly people who came up and nicely asked, “Can I (or we) get a picture with you?” I’ve got to admit, I’m always a little surprised when I’m asked and there is a part of me that feels I should respond with, “Who me? YOU want a picture with ME?”, then look around to see to whom they are REALLY speaking… but it’s always me. Without exception I am always humbled, and thrilled, to be asked for this picture request. Of course I gladly comply 100% of the time. Truth be known, I love getting pictures with people who are allowing me to be a part of their happy celebration. Those nice people always convey how appreciative they are of my bagpiping and getting a picture with me. I honestly can’t imagine that any of them have an inkling of how much they have made my day better by their inquiry. Sure, I try to convey it, but it is simply not possible to communicate, in such short time, how much my day is brightened by them.
After the holiday weekend performances and parading was over and I was waking up the next day with a sore back, aching legs and with my throat and lips feeling as if I just blown up enough character balloons to fill the next eight Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, my mind went to the many requests for photos with me. Those nice people conveyed how glad they were I was a part of their day by their request. I suspect, no matter how I try, I’ll never be able to convey to them the truly deep-felt, lasting, appreciative thankfulness I have for them and how much better they made my days.
Thank you nice people for being nice people.
(Just a few of the photos are shown below)

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.

To view what Essex does, and to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

 

 

A Nice Note Can Go A Long Way

  The occurrence I’m about to write about here today is one that happened about 7 months ago, yet the impact of it resonates with me still.
Something I do every morning… or noon… when I wake up is go to my email and art business social media pages. I start my day by corresponding with clients or potential clients, confirming caricaturing, painting class or bagpiping engagements, uploading recent work, posting about a sale in my online store, etc., etc. On one particular day though, in July of 2018, I discovered a note written to me from someone I have never met. It was just five sentences long but needed to be no longer because it spoke volumes. The note simply read, “I bought two of your paintings of fish at an estate sale in The Villages, FL. Just love them both. One was when you were at Cable Beach, waiting up for your son to get home! Caricaturist of Fish! 1998. Just wanted to say how much I love both of them!! Karen”
Note From a Fan
Mind you, I’ve had patrons pay me compliments before, which I’m not the least bit embarrassed to say I’ve enjoyed (I am human you know). Mostly those kind words come at the immediate completion and/or delivery of a work or during an exhibit of my work. Of course at an exhibit, kind words accompanied by a purchase of my work is also something I’m not the least bit embarrassed to say I enjoy… immensely (like I said, human you know). However, the thing that struck me most about about the kind note of which I’m writing is the fact it not only came from someone I’ve never met, but also the person could have never even contacted me and I would have never known about the transaction she made in acquiring the artworks of my creation that gave her so much joy. And isn’t that kind of the norm? Think of all the times we could have written a kind note or said a kind word… but didn’t. This person, Karen, did make the effort to contact me and literally make my good day even brighter.
So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I know I learned a valuable lesson when I received Karen’s note. Don’t hesitate to share a kind word with those who have had a part in making you pleased about something. Anything really, it doesn’t have to be about artwork you are glad you purchased. Heck, if the pizza you ordered last night was really good and you commented about that fact to your fellow pizza eaters, call up the manager of the pizza place and share your pleasure with him/her too. Trust me, that manager will thrilled to hear a compliment rather that a complaint.
Okay… I learned a second important lesson too. Keep making art (okay, I didn’t need another lesson to convince me of this but read on). Because, as Karen’s note also taught me, or brought to the forefront of my thinking, much of the joy one has in creating a piece of artwork stays with the artwork and continues to transfer to others years after the art has left your care.
Now go out and start the process of transferring joy.
Cheers.

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.

To view what Essex does, and to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,

Artists Need Money, Not Just To Survive, But To Create

Of course I’m not saying all an artist should do is cater to what he or she sees as the market for his or her work. I’m simply saying one should not (at all) disregard those who could very well be a target audience. Oops… perhaps I’m a little ahead of myself.

One of the great things about being an artist is the freedom to create an express freely. Artists have something to say and I believe the world becomes just a little better of a place when an artist makes their statement through their art. Throughout human history people have felt an inner desire to express themselves through the visual arts, music, dance, the performing arts, literature and whatever other artistic expression might be out there. As a result there are temples that pay homage to those expressions. We call them art museums, concert halls, theaters, libraries and whatever other edifices that are created to present artistic creations. As one takes-in and enjoys what is presented in those temples, and since I’m a visual artist I’m going to not speak solely from that perspective (feel free to read on from your own favorite expressive disciplines perspective) here is something to keep in mind. Not all of the works displayed are a result of the artist freely making a statement or expression. Many of the works are the result of a commission. Many others, dare I say, are the result of an artist trying to make a living and catering to a particular market. What? This can’t be? What about artistic integrity? What about the artist baring his or her soul? Yeah… that’s only done by artists who don’t like to eat, have shelter, clothes and/or rely on someone else to provide life’s necessities to them… kind of like having a pet.

If an artist wants to create free expressions freely and independently, that artist needs to have monetary income. Period. The dirty little reality is that even artists need money, not just to survive, but to create. Fact is, even visual artists who stick solely to creating by repurposing found objects incur costs. If the costs can’t be met, the creations don’t occur. It really is that simple. Consequently, if one wants to live the artist’s life (and it IS a wonderful life) then one needs to consider deeply what one has to do to live it. Of course the artist can go get a job outside of the arts to have an income that will cover the standard costs of living, but that basically takes away from artwork-time while working and can leave one too tired to create after the work day. However another thing one can do is focus on the market for his or her particular art and cater some of his or her works for that particular market. (now go back and read my first paragraph… minus the last sentence of it)

Creating art that is targeted toward a certain demographic, is still creating art. “Oh but what if a friend calls me a sell-out?” That person is not your friend and evidently has no idea how you have a soul-deep need to do your art. Even those great Renaissance artists worked to gain favor of potential patrons in an effort to get their commissions.

When pondered upon, this whole idea of catering to a particular art market so more artwork can be created really is a no-brainer. Why bother taking up cyber-space with pontifications on something so basic? I’ll tell you why, humans (you and me included) need to be reminded now and again of even the simple stuff. Okay… full disclosure… I need to bring those thoughts forward from the back burner now and again and not lose sight of how important the simple stuff is. Case in point, I offer prints of my artwork and graphics in my EssexArt ABC online store. Just this week I realized there is a particular  market for race fans who do a yearly pilgrimage to Indianapolis in May (Indy hosts the largest single day sporting event in the world during that month… if you’ve not heard of it you might want to look it up 😉 ). I post my artwork in my online store regularly and it recently dawned on me to create some graphics that appeal to race fans, for two reasons. One, of course I’m hoping they’ll purchase my products created specifically for them. Two, I’m hoping for greater exposure for my other artwork there (and indeed… purchases) as race fans browse in my store. There you have it. By catering some of my  artworks to a particular market, potential benefits open for the rest of my artworks. This just makes sense to me.

By the way, I’m one of those Indy race fans to which I’m targeting my race fan products. I’ve been going to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ever since I was a little kid and the bleachers were smaller and all made of wood. Yeah, I’m that old. 🙂

 

 

~ John Essex II is a retired art teacher, a two-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. He is also artist/owner of EssexArt ABC, LLC through which he keeps busy creating his own fine art, creates commissioned art, does caricaturing by commission and at special events, conducts private painting parties and is contacted regularly to play the bagpipes (yes… play the bagpipes). Essex also maintains an online print-on-demand store where patrons can acquire gallery quality giclée prints of his art as well as other products that feature his work.
To view what Essex does, and to shop at his online store, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EssexArt,