I am Jonathan Kendall, artist and proprietor at Way Too Much Art. I was born on October 16, 1984 in Fairfax County, Virginia, the suburbs of Washington D.C. I had a lovely and mostly typical suburban childhood. In 1996, my family moved to Portland, Oregon. At the time I was heart torn to leave friendships behind. After two years of living in Portland, we moved to Temecula, California in 1999. After two years in California, we moved back to the suburbs of Washington D.C. Today I live in Southern California where I work in a family business and spend as much time as I can creating fine art.
I showed interest in art through my schooling; however, I hadn’t considered that art should play a major role in my life until later. I started making art therapeutically in my mid-20s. I went off to college at Virginia Tech, but for personal reasons I soon left college. Art was my only real outlet during that time. If you get a chance to look at my online gallery you may notice the grandiose nature of some of the digital pieces, which reflect the expression of my feelings at any given time.
Much of my art is expansive in a conceptual way. Art, for me, is an intrinsically valuable pursuit. It allows me to apply my creativity and produce substantial representations of what is happening for me at a particular period. After the tumultuous times I experienced in most of my 20s, today I am a more grounded individual who consistently works a program of functional recovery. I seek wellness through many avenues, with an emphasis on creating digital art.
I experimented with different types of art until I chose digital art in order to create the body of work that I now have. Digital art became my primary passion. From the beginning, I became consumed by digital art and lost in it at the same time. I began creating art with an intention to make fine art in 2007; however, I became a more prolific artist around 2013. I published my first online piece entitled “Experience Nonquantifiable” on May 31, 2013. This artwork was created with a ballpoint pen on inexpensive poster board and scanned into a computer with a rather inexpensive HP printer scanner (digitally stitched together). Experience Nonquantifiable, in its original traditional art form (ballpoint pen on poster board), is about 30 inches by 34 inches, framed.
From the time that I first self-published Experience Nonquantifiable, I have created 1000+ digital artworks, photos, and traditional art pieces – an average of 1 every 1.7 days. This is not to put emphasis on the quantity of art that I make, but rather to communicate that it comes about because I deeply love and must create art. Art creates an experience that points to that which cannot be expressed in any other manner or concept. Although I may be able to talk or write about the art I make, the experience of its creation cannot be summed up in any way that fully represents what happens as the art is worked on. Art is simply and complexly just one way to be.
For me, it is more of “being” during the creation of the art than “doing” it. The experience follows the way of being. Each piece of art that I make is a result of a particular state of being in the moment. There is a lot more to any point of being as the experience unfolds, and it does come across in the art I make. I let art tell the story in the way that it does. I often say that I would make art strictly for the enjoyment of the process, but enjoying the process lends itself to sharing art with others. There is great value in sharing art, and sharing art is an opportunity to grow as an artist. I am blessed to be sharing my art and my story with you.