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Artist J. Rene Perez


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Biography


 
My father and grandfather both passed away at a very young age, so I’ve always felt like death was leaning over my shoulder. Subconsciously, I never made any efforts to pursue any real ambitions or talents that I possessed. What was the point? I was someone who just wanted to have fun while I could.
It was the birth of my son Santiago in April 2007 that made me realize that I had to leave behind a legacy. The day before I became a father, my sister unknowingly created a defining moment in my life when she placed a paintbrush in my hand and told me to finish off a small part of my son’s nursery wall. Those few brushstrokes ignited a dormant talent I had abandoned when I was young. Thoughts of a book I had recently read, The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings, came to my mind; it made me question myself: What will people remember me by?

But enough with all the melodrama. I love the city I call home, San Marcos, Texas. Most of my work is directly inspired by the town I love. What you should know is that I’m totally self-taught. I have never even spent an hour in an art classroom. You can call me folk or uneducated if you like, but I can tell you this: I love what I do, and I hope you can see that joy expressed in my work. I’ve always had a knack for getting people to laugh, especially at my own expense. Now I don’t have to say a word or make a fool of myself—people look at my work, and their faces light up…well, most people. I met a man named Dan one day who just loved my work. I’ll never forget what he said: [...]

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