Medium of Choice: Oil
“Teaching yourself how to paint comes with a lot of trial and error, especially with the tools you use. Not only are you figuring out how you paint and what you like to paint, you’re simultaneously trying to find tools that will work with you and help you get to the next level. My errors almost equaled my trials for a while through brushes that wound fray or loose hairs after one painting or just weren’t a good fit. It was hard to keep up with and often I’d keep using an injured brush because I just couldn’t afford to keep buying new ones, which really affected my progress.
Trekell honestly stopped this cycle of buying cheap and replacing brushes after every painting. Once I got a set of Trekell brushes, I’ve only added more. Their brushes touch the majority of every painting I make now. They’re solid in crafts-woman-ship, resulting a high quality, long lasting brush. And even when the brush gets softer with age, it still holds its shape allowing me to continue using it, just with different techniques. Plus the fact that they are reasonably priced allows me to try out new lines of brushes and find my favorite tools.”
Jon Ching grew up steeped in natural beauty on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, which formed the foundation of his deep fascination with the natural and wild world. His island upbringing instilled in him indigenous lessons of appreciation and respect for nature, which deeply influence and drive his current work.
After high school he moved to California for college and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, graduating straight into the 2008 recession. With no job prospects and a burning passion to make art, he switched course, found restaurant work and developed a regular oil painting practice in which he taught himself the medium. He started showing paintings in cafes, bars and even a gelato shop before finding his way into galleries', first locally and soon after across the States. Jon now lives and works full time on art in Los Angeles.
Jon’s devoted art practice and detailed realism is inspired by the interconnectedness of nature. His work is a surreal imagining of what limitless wonders and combinations nature can produce. New creatures and symbioses emerge in his meticulously rendered oil paintings, exemplifying the endless potential of life on Earth.
Jon’s ultimate hope is to inspire love and admiration for the universally unique beauty and intrigue of our planet. He regularly works to bring awareness to endangered species, the current mass extinction crisis and climate change and continues to partner with environmental organizations in fundraising and educational efforts.