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Jake Elliott : Losing Himself In Art

Photo Credit: Ashley Seagroves

Jake Elliott didn't pursue art until he was an adult. However, he had always been an artistic child.

"For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for making things look, well, cool. I can recall being 10 and creating my own stencils and of my favorite wrestlers and their catchphrases, using notebook paper and razor blades. I'd sneak to the basement to spray paint over my stencils onto a brand new white tee, and I was always totally consumed by the project," says Jake. "Whichever project I am working on at any given time is always the only thing on my mind. It's something I cannot stop."

For some, creating art is not just a job, rather, it's relaxing and soothing to the soul.

"It's not so much that I made a conscious decision to be an artist, as much as it is that creating art gives me joy and release," says Jake.

What Jake loves the most is the ability to continuously grow his career path and move onto a bigger and better gig.

"I have no specific medium or style and I love the challenge of discovering new materials and methods, so my path to growth as an artist may be winding, but I believe it will get me to where I want to be with time," says Jake.

But, to him, creating was a hobby before it became a 'necessary therapy.' He reached a low point in his life and he used it for relaxing purposes. He'd lose himself for hours and didn't have to cope with reality.

"I first tried to heal by abusing the formula of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll," and that worked for about three months before I realized it was making things much worse," says Jake. "More than loving art, I depend on it to survive."

His wife was the one behind his inspiration. His passion for art turned into a career. She was the one who believed in him before he could believe himself. She helped him grow professionally and if it wasn't for her, he would not have pursued art.

His final words were : "Although art acts as therapy for me and is essentially my way of life, it is mostly something that just amazes me. I naturally try to figure out how to make each piece I see, and my mind is blown when I see talented artists piecing together really clever materials and applications. That's what amazes me, and that's what art means to me. There are so many ways to interpret life into art, and that is just so cool."

Be sure to check out his website here as well as his Facebook page here.

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