DIGITAL FINGER PAINTER
With color, line, and shape, I attempt to express
Jonathan Grauel's life has been shaped by his need to create. He transforms that need into unique visual narratives. He uses line, shape, and color to construct surreal spaces for the eye to journey.
Focusing on the places "man" travel, Jonathan portrays not just physical locations, like the coffee shops and restaurants he frequents, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual places. His work is a response to his surroundings and the relationships they contain.
Jonathan participates in numerous gallery events, one man shows, and group exhibits. His paintings have received multiple awards. In addition, he taught high school art, so has a keen interest in arts education. Jonathan has been a guest speaker in the classroom upon many occasions.
For many years, Jonathan's primary mediums were acrylics, oils and oil pastels. In 2008, an accident with a table saw left him without an index finger on his dominant hand. In addition, he is unable to bend his middle finger and has limited sensitivity in his thumb. After the accident his wife and friends surprised him with an iPhone. He soon discovered a new joy in "finger painting." Jonathan recently added an iPad to his artist toolbox and it has replaced his sketchbook as a constant companion. He enjoys the freedom of the digital medium and also continues to work with traditional media. Jonathan resides in Charlotte North Carolina. Have coffee will travel.
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