We all have a story to tell...this is mine.
As a San Diego native, it all started at 10 years old along with a little known space fantasy film called "STAR WARS" I remember begging my poor Father to take me to see it at least a dozen times....and he did : ) After having my mind blown away I began drawing X-Wings , Tie Fighter and battle scenes on any piece of paper I could get my hands on (it drove everyone nuts) and being love child # 9 out of 10 kids...Yes! 10 of us, there was plenty of paper to be found. You could say it was my new way of escaping my crazy family and the realities of the world by created my own through imagination. My passion to draw continued from a kid, to a preteen and throughout my high school years and all the way into my early twenties until one day? I gave it all up to pursue a normal life for the next twenty three years until the passing of my Father in 2006.
September 13, 2006:
After the passing of my Father I decided to give my grieving Mother something very special. With only two days before the funeral services I locked myself up in my garage with a piece of paper, a No2 pencil, Q-tips and began drawing, realizing at that moment...to live a normal life you have to believe nothing is normal. What originally started as a quick portrait ended up as a life collage of fond memories I had of him. It was by far the hardest 36 hours I've had to endure. Thereby finishing the drawing on time as it stood next to his final resting place. My Mother, my Family and all those in attendance loved It as we all wept by his side. It proudly hangs in my Mothers living room to this very day : )
My reintroduction to art was reignited as it literally saved me from the hardship and affliction that subsequently followed as my personal life was turned upside down four months after losing my Father, as I now directed my attention toward drawings as an escape route from the real world which became my salvation. It helped stimulate my mind with creativity and inspiration (instead of alcohol and anguish) that I desperately needed...with no money for school I re-taught and re-learned the art of drawing as my work vastly improved with the help of better tools/materials and shading technique with hundreds of hours of non-stop practice and failures for the next two years of solitude and patience.
I felt confident enough to start offering free memorial portrait drawings for relatives when their loved ones were lost as it made me feel better knowing that my drawings served a real purpose in someones life (even to this very day) is priceless to me! Afterwards, I began focusing on what originally brought out the best in me? You guessed it Pop Culture and Movie Icons as a new hobby, not to mention a NEW direction both professionally and personally.
A friend convinced my reluctant self to start displaying my drawings anywhere possible...so I did. During this new chapter my renew love for art was making a positive impact. Therefore I started entering every local art exhibit imaginable, thus having a little taste of fulfillment that prepared me for bigger events. Along the way I learned the art of Cartooning, working with Pastels and Color Pencils during this time which totally rejuvenated my new social life while making new artistic & creative friends which inspired me to keep going and keep showing!
I challenged myself again by purchasing my first canvas, brushes, acrylic paints and just started painting. OMG!...The first three attempts were disastrous because my brushstrokes were hideous and totally sucked! As a result, I went back to the drawing board (again) re-taught, re-learned the art of painting (like my drawings) carefully and patiently using a Pixilating technique in which small and distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an larger image with no brushstrokes!. Pixilating has the same characteristics as the pixels on your HDTV and/or digital photos which is better known in the Art World as Pointillism ( get the point? ) created by French Artist Georges Seurat. His most famous and inspirational painting "A Sunday Afternoon" took him two years to complete from 1884 -1886...amazing!1886
Within a year of developing this skill, my paintings evolved piece after piece as I continue to improve this define and diligent style of the Old Master in today's Pop Culture and Movie Icons.
I take my art very seriously, but at the same time I'm a big kid at heart because the child in me survived. Therefore transforming me into the creative adult I am today with a great look on life because "The only time you should look back is to see how far you've come" as I continue to meet and greet new people from all walks of life at my shows/live Art demonstrations while making more new friends while capturing the essence and perfect imperfections of people along the way...It's what the heart desires in all of us : )
My work is now recognized and appreciated by many at every exhibit, from people’s homes, Art walks, Coffee shops, Wineries, Restaurants , respectable Galleries, Beautiful Hotels, live music concert halls, Blick Art Store and ComicCon. Most importantly Fundraisers and Charity events because giving back is UNCONDITIONAL. So what inspires me the most? Knowing it’s never too late to do what you love : )
"l can do things you cannot, You can do things I cannot; Together we can do great things" - Mother Teresa
Here's the drawing I gave my Mother as I dedicate this website to my Father...for I am his legacy.
Ruben Jaimes Sr
July 1, 1923 - Sept 13, 2006
Rest In Peace "Papi Chingon"