Image by Jaymarie Studios
Hi I'm Jeff, an artist from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I've dabbled in many different art forms over the years! I'm proficient in playing the piano, trumpet, and accordion, and was in all sorts of musical groups. I've acted in films and television (I'm even on Netflix!), but now, I'm focusing on the visual side of the arts.
Why bottle caps you ask? While working as a bartender, I noticed the mass amounts of colourful and uniquely designed bottle caps being thrown out every single day. I thought to myself, a landfill is not a good place for so many little pixels of art to be spending the next five hundred years breaking down. So I collected. And collected. And collected...
I knew I needed to make mosaics, I just had no idea how to make one or what to make. It wasn't until the music I had playing in my garage came to the forefront of my attention when I finally found the perfect inspiration:
Imagine all the people, living for today...
John Lennon's song, Imagine, made up my mind in more ways than one! Music is such an influence in my life, yet the lyric itself spoke to me on another level too. People live for today, meaning they don't think of tomorrow. Too many pieces of 'garbage' can be reused. So, I started my John Lennon mosaic the summer of 2009. This was the piece which I used to figure out how to make the rest, and it hangs in my office to this day as inspiration that you can truly take someone's trash and turn it into someone else's treasure.