About Jon Mock

An engineer by profession, I began working in art during elementary school and junior high.  I was lucky to grow up in an era and an area when art eduction for youth was valued.  During this time I worked in ceramics, silkscreen, photography, acrylic painting, jewellery making and wood work.  I won awards for printmaking and acrylic painting.  Upon entering high school the need to develop a profession via education overwhelmed the desire to create in art and I pursued Engineering.

Later in life, a journey to rediscover my spiritual life led me back into the arts.  Around age 46, i began taking life drawing classes at the Houston Art League.  After a couple of semesters working at the Art League, I found I wanted more serious eduction to improve my drawing skills.  I moved to The Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  At Glassell I have studied drawing, 2D and 3D design, life drawing, watercolor and digital photography.

 

In 2011, my pen and ink work, “Taj and Trees” was exhibited in the Annual Assistance League of Houston show at the Williams Tower.

From 2011 to 2015, I was in Malaysia and used that opportunity to gather a wide range of photographic images from throughout Southeast Asia.  Upon returning to Houston in 2015, I resumed course work at Glassell.  Acceptance to the Fe Gallery, Tiny Monsters 2.0 exhibition marks my first recognition as a photographer. I use a macro lens isn a lot of my photography to capture the detail of of the sexual organs of flowering plants and fruits.  Thus these images are dubbed Floraporn.
 

The photographs here are digital images. Those images are minimally altered. No more alteration has been made beyond what would take place though conventional photo processing techniques using film and cropping.  What you are getting here is the immediate through-the-lens experience when the photo is shot.  Don’t get me wrong; I do love the art that is created using digital photo editing skills and love the resulting images.  The images I’ve placed on my website allow me to capture the spontaneity of photographic composition.

My most recent watercolor paintings have looked at the effects of light in real images and the impact of defraction and refraction on the lines and colors of the images.  My work also includes exploration of the outdoors including landscapes, scenes on duck ponds and hunting action.  I strive for some degree or realism in my representational works.  I do need to abstract some parts of the image to help in creating and altering mood.  Otherwise, you might as well have the photo print.

I am currently living in a home and art studio in Round Top, Texas. 

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