“Metro #6” (2009)
Dimensions: 15″ x 15″
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Fair Market Value: $225
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My dad was hardly ever home and my mother was a self employed ladies high fashion embroiderer. She was well known in Casablanca, Morocco. I became very influenced by my mother who strongly encouraged me to stay home and paint the way she was trained to do hand embroidery by her mom. Although this was not the healthiest way to raise a boy, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I put of all my growing up attention into painting. After being rejected from college’s art department, I became fascinated by the hands on aspects of mechanical processes. Pursuing my engineering college education was not too comforting to my mother.
After working in the engineering field for a while, it was obvious that to pursue such a career and be successful at it would take some time as I was already successful in painting and selling art, easily making 3 to 5 times as much selling paintings than my weekly pay checks. From the beginning my paintings had a certain appeal that touched people’s heart. Selling was a given. I sold paintings in the streets of NY in various Arts Festivals, in Greenwich village coffee shops as in malls, well as next to vegetable stands, in parking lots wherever there was a chance to be seen.
I arrived in South Florida in 1968 for a January one day show in Pompano Beach with a pregnant wife and $25 in my pocket. That night I closed the show with $1200 in my pocket. That was a clear indication to pursue more Arts Festival in South Florida. I became quickly established in Ft Lauderdale. In the early 80″s I moved to Miami as my works became more appealing to a more art conscious and open minded audience.
My stay in South Florida lasted for 38 years until I moved to Asheville NC in 2007, although I still travelled to Arts Festivals all over the country. I finally quit festivals in January 2009 ending a very long 52 year career of exhibiting art outdoors.
I currently have my studio and gallery in a very spacious 5000 sq. ft. old factory transformed into a very beautiful studio and exhibition space. http://www.jonasgerard.com/GalleryVideo.html