Artist, Illustrator and Painting Instructor will be flame coloring copper and painting.
He will also have a FREE PAINTING BOOTH for children and people of all ages.Mr Knight does numerous painting and art events around Orange County and beyond most for the underserved children of our community.
Through GOALS he has a after school program at Oak View Middle school in Huntington Beach and soon will be branching out to our areas of Anaheim where there is a greater need.
has an unconventional spirit and it translates into his art. His art is a dichotomy. While his work is always refined and aesthetically beautiful he enjoys challenging with shocking or unexpected subject matter. He asks us through his work to look past convention, to push past our comfort zones and to explore the truth that only our “shadow selves” can provide.
Jon’s perspective of himself being an artist was much the same as most of us. Growing up he always loved the arts and enjoyed being creative but never thought of himself as an artist. It took meeting his muse and soul mate as an adult to help him awaken the slumbering artist that had always been inside of him.
He was born and raised in Southern California. Jon’s family was always supportive of any artistic endeavors he had as a kid. He played several instruments. At an early age Jon was able to see art that inspired him in things that most people considered kid’s stuff. He appreciated artists like Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Stephen Platt and Simon Bisley, filling his comic book bins solely for the art.
He grew up as most people do and got a job at the end of high school, moving through different careers and positions of all types. All the while he would doodle or draw funny pictures for friends and family, still not considering that he could be an artist. During this time he met his wife and soul mate Denise. Jon says, “If not for meeting someone like her and being the best I can be for her, I may have never tried to be an artist. I married my perfect bride on Halloween, our favorite holiday."
His friends also encouraged him to do tattoos. He had loved some of the evolving artists like Paul Booth and Carl Grace, so with his wife's encouragement and his friends connections, fate led him to an apprenticeship. To further develop his art, Jon took a variety of art classes at FJC. That experience shifted Jon’s paradigm. He began to see other great artists besides the well-known Picasso, DaVinci, etc. He saw a plethora of art in many forms. He not only got to appreciate the work of old masters, but was equally inspired by some of the students sitting right next to him in class.
Jon is an eternal student, after graduating apprenticeship, he has continued his learning and schooling and continues to this day. He is a freelance artist and could not be happier. When he is not drawing and tattooing ideas for other people, he spends his time creating his own weird and twisted art. “I have a strange view of things sometimes and grew up with strange influences such as H.R. Giger and Clive Barker and movies like Hellraiser and Nightmare on Elm Street. I am slightly morbid and dark sometimes, like my suicidal veggie line of paintings, but also love to see beauty in all things." He also recently became artist in residence at Rainwater Gallery in Huntington Beach, where he also teaches painting classes.
Irfan Murtaza was born in Karachi, Pakistan and has lived in the United States for the last 32 years. He began writing poetry at the age of 15, and he presented his work in his first mushaira (poetry event) in 1987. He is the founder and current president of Urdu Writers Society Inc. which actively promotes Urdu literature in the US.
After making his name in Urdu poetry, Irfan started to paint. As with his poetry, the subjects in Irfan's paintings typically revolve around nature, history, landscapes and human suffering.
All of his paintings are acrylic based. When it comes to painting, Irfan Murtaza is a true realist. He likes to create paintings which require detailed work. Since he was born in Pakistan, his poetry and paintings contain subjects related to Pakistan, as well as the history of other countries.
Two of Irfan's paintings have been inaugurated on two separate occasions by ambassadors of Pakistan to the USA.
Dr John Lawson
is a retired school district superintendent who has taken up painting over the last 6 years.
In the fall of 2011 it was my good fortune to enroll in a painting class taught by Jack Knight. My retirement years were just beginning and it was time to admit that teaching myself to paint had seen limited success. Jack is an academically trained and professionally experienced artist. His knowledge of adult learning theory is extraordinary. Jack Knight taught me how to paint. I particularly enjoy creating seascapes and landscapes. I am drawn to emulate The California Impressionism style of the 1920s ~50s.
will be running a FREE CRAFTS booth making hand puppets from paper bags
Kelli Knight has taught K through 6 art in the Anaheim City School District for Barton, Loara, and Gauer Elementary schools and is currently teaching in her 4th year at GOALS Academy as the VAPA Specialist in Visual Arts