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Portrait of an Artist as an American Teen

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JK: Well I personally have not hung anything of my own up in a while, however, my mom and dad like to hang up the pieces that they really like. Other than that, most of my art, which is quite a lot, is somewhere sitting in my room.

with brother and cousin at Six Flags, summer 2018
with brother and cousin at Six Flags, summer 2018
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JB: I'm sure it's getting crowded in there. What do you like to do when you're not drawing? What else floats your boat?

JK: Well, like a lot of people I'm always on my technology either listening to music or video games. I also like sports, I play baseball which is something I enjoy as much as making art.

JB: I understand you're a pitcher on your school team. That seems like a very different skill set than your drawing. Or am I completely off-base there? Tell me more about baseball and what you like about it.

JK: Well, unfortunately I no longer pitch due to a shoulder injury, although I'm recovered and playing new positions. Baseball is pretty different from art of course because of the athleticism involved but also because you have to always be thinking while playing baseball, in art, you can just let your mind be free. Much like art, I have been playing baseball since I was pretty young and it's continued to be one of my favorite things to do because of how much fun I have while playing it.

JB: Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Does your involvement in baseball enhance your performance in art or vice versa? And, is it fun to juggle your two favorite pastimes or does it get a bit much at times?

JK: Baseball has, at times, inspired my art since some of my art I have drawn has been baseball related. I think there's a good balance between the two without it being overwhelming to do both and I enjoy alternating between the two to switch it up every now and then.

With his mom, sporting the MPV medal he won, July, 2018
With his mom, sporting the MPV medal he won, July, 2018
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JB: Sounds good to me! Where does your inspiration come from? Can you just call it up at will or do you follow some routine or ritual to get the creative juices going?

JK: My inspiration will usually come from random things that pop into my head or something I see that I think would be cool to base my art off of such as a certain style or something to draw. It's pretty hard to call up inspiration, I usually take a lot of time to fully think about what I want to do after an idea pops into my head because I like to visualize how I would want it to turn out in my head.

JB: It's an interesting combo of fast and slow. Whatever it is, it works. You've been creating art for a long time now and have received prizes and accolades on many occasions. How do you handle that?

JK: Well, each time I've received these awards, it's been the same amount of excitement, if not more. It's always awesome to have my art be awarded or chosen to be shown on display and I like to know that others enjoy my work as well.

JB: That we do! What's ahead for you, Jaxon? Do you think about the future? How do you envision it for yourself? Will art still be a big part of you?

JK: I do think about what I will do with art later in life and I do believe it will still play a big part; I've been thinking that I will want to continue doing art in college and from there see where that goes. Being able to have a job that includes some form of art in it would be an awesome way of making a living while still doing something I enjoy a lot.

JB: Awesome, indeed! What would you like to do art-wise that you haven't done yet? What challenges intrigue you?

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