The NoCCA and Desert Review Artist of the Month for August is a young man recently graduated from Brawley Union and already making a mark on his hometown.
John Smerdon comes by his talent naturally, from nurturing his instincts since childhood, as well as genetically, as his mother, Debi Smerdon, is the owner/artist of DS Arts, an artist studio whose clients have gone on to win artistic achievements of their own.
According to Johnâ€™s mother, “John was commissioned by Carolyn Benson to complete the first official, and completed, mural on a building within Brawley’s designated artsâ€™ district since the Brawley Downtown Arts District had been established. He also has been commissioned for a giant project for Dr. Ramona Krutzik. John has been very productive and successful.”
John remembers since his youngest days having a tablet. â€œPeople loved my drawings and works, but only recently have I realized that I do have this amazing talent.â€
â€œThe person who inspired me would have to be my mother, she’s taught classes ever since I was little and I’ve always been surrounded by many different mediums of art. She really has been the most inspiring person in my life,â€ John says of Debi Smerdon.
â€œMy artist view is more positive and whimsical, I tend not to stay on the ordinary path, but I also don’t stray into “negative” or “angry” art,â€ John says of his personal style. â€œArt is very important in my life because it’s a way to show people around me what I see and help them to understand who I am.
John is particularly impressed with an artist named Hannah Yata, â€œShe is an oil painter who lives in New York, and really expresses herself with the use of vivid colors and beautiful, crazy images,â€ John said.
â€œI know I want to further my education in art by learning and mastering different mediums and techniques. Currently I’m only participating in DS Arts in Brawley, but I have done commissioned work and I am for hire for certain pieces and jobs.
Congratulations to John Smerdon as our August Artist of the Month.