We had the good fortune of connecting with Wesley Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wesley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It is challenging, always a lot of moving parts, and easy to feel overwhelmed. Not being afraid to ask for help, or for another opinion has been huge for me. No venture should be done alone, and It takes trial and error to find that process that works best. Especially for someone as crazy disorganized as me. I know the most important thing is to try. Falling on your face a few times, is okay. being an overnight success almost never happens, personally I know I still have a long (but very exciting!) road ahead. I belive following through is the most important.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, my work fluctuates in its medium, I was trained as a painter at the Academy of Art University, the past few years I have really loved all I can get out of digital platforms, I also create resin sculptures and design clothes. *phew* My skills took time to develop, and I love learning new ones! It is hard and takes time but so does anything. I’m never truly “love” my work but I have a lot of fun doing it. The process of creation is what it’s all about for me, and people seem to like the work I create so I can’t really complain, If anything I am super thankful that strangers want to support me and the work I do. I love vibrant colors and lots of movement. I can’t really say where Ideas for my work come from, I do my best to put my life experiences into my work. but the concepts really evolve as I go through my process, some times my mind moves faster than my brush (or tablet pen). I’ll step out of a project with a revelation or, just scratching my head. it is a process and I’m sticking with it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being born and raised in Encinitas, north county is really my area. Visiting the botanical gardens at the self-realization fellowship, going Q’ero for some empanadas and ceviche. Spending the rest of the day at the beach, north of Moonlight or south of D street. That evening getting al pastor tacos at the Taco Stand then heading over to Death by Tequilla for a drink.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Jamie, who is also an AMAZING illustrator and artist, She has been incredibly supportive and encouraging for the few years we have been chasing our dreams. Also Capsule Books! based out of Australia for featuring some of my artwork in their latest release.
Artwork by Wesley Jones