Meet The Artist Series shines the spotlight on Photographer/ Reiki Master Jon Pickell
Photographer/ Reiki Master
I am ecstatic that, local photographer and artist, Jon Pickell agreed to my request to be featured in my Meet the Artist Series. I am a big fan of his work.
About the Artist
Jon Pickell is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, where he received his BFA with honors, with a concentration in photography. He frequently utilizes non-traditional photographic techniques — including hand coloring, cyanotype and gum printing, combinations of words and images, and manipulated Polaroid sx-70’s — to create his images. Jon is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, and has volunteered with HIV Support groups since 2004 providing Reiki sessions both in Chicago and the Metro Detroit area.” – Read more at http://www.artprize.org/jon-pickell
Thanks Jon for your patience, for answering my questions and for sharing your art.
Where do you call home in the Detroit area?
I currently live in the Woodward North area, but would very much like to move to the downtown Detroit area… I wouldn’t mind being in the Park Shelton, either! I dislike driving, so for now being near the Woodward bus line is almost a necessity for me.
Your educational and art background?
I attended Wayne State, where I received a BFA with honors with a photography concentration. In addition to photo classes, classes that influenced my work include fibers with Char Bickle, Cliche Verre printmaking with Sue Hertzel (her prints were haunting and transformative) and design classes with Linda Mendelson (I love her use of color). Marilyn Zimmerman was one of my greatest teachers and remains a steadfast supporter.
When did you become interested in art and photography?
I first became interested in photography around 1980, when I purchased my first 35mm camera, an Olympus OM2, with money I was supposed to use for a trip to Colorado to visit my dad (sorry dad!) He appreciated my photographs, so it worked out ok…
What inspires you?
People who live their truth.
What do you feel your art says about the person you are?
I think it reflects my quirky point of view; things are not always what they seem on the surface, and looking deeper often brings the rewards of hidden layers.
Contact info, and anything else you would like to share?
Please visit my Reiki page, www.reikiandbeyond.net !
Thanks again for the interview, Jon.
Jon Pickell is also a certified Reiki Master and he was featured in an earlier article detailing his local Reiki Practice. To view that article click here
Please click on the featured video and slideshow to view photographs by Jon Pickell. For additional information about the artist please click on the hyperlinks/ highlighted words contained within the article.