The quality of a painting is not determined by the width of the stretcher bar.
If you show me lines and tell me not to cross them I’ll inevitably want to cross them. I have an urge to go against the grain that goes back to being in punk rock bands and writing on my clothes in high school. I have no plan when I sit down to paint other than to be spontaneous and in the moment; using whatever is available in my studio. Whether that’s acrylic and oil paint, tape, paper, scraps of cardboard. Nothing is off limits or unusable. I refuse to be limited in style, color choice, size, or surfaces. If there aren’t canvases around...cardboard and paper work just as good. Quality of artwork is not determined by the width of your stretcher bar.
Jake Nordstrum is a Wisconsin based artist. His works are part of private collections across the U.S. and Europe. He went to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and received a bachelors of arts where he studied painting and drawing, and graduated in 2007. Jake lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and four children.