1Artdude

Topanga, United States

Preston is an illustrator, graphic designer & voice over actor in the L. A. area. An avid artist rights advocate, he has been...

Preston, who is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He freelances as an illustrator, digital/graphic design artist, fine artist, educator and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. An avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. His award winning work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has traveled extensively; living & working at times in Norway, England and Japan as an illustrator, computer graphic artist and scenic artist.

Painting and drawing allows me freedom to address some of the social ills that plague our modern society and to paint what I feel, not necessarily what I see. Having grown up in a rural setting and having had opportunities to travel and live overseas, I decided to paint what I saw in my mind’s eye while referencing what I experienced around me. Some of my images come from my investigation into my Native American roots (Choctaw) and others are a result of my spiritual quest into my studies in Jungian symbology, Shamanic practices and Aboriginal Dreamtime myth.

I’ve worked with drug addicts, the homeless, victims of sexual abuse, young people who have been incarcerated, and have friends in the porn industry so I have definitely seen some of the seedier side of life. I’ve seen how people can make a bad decision and get trapped in that decision. They are unable to figure out how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. With that in mind, my artistic goal is that I aspire to achieve positive social change with my art.

The nature of my work is that through the use of varied imagery, classical and digital painting techniques and humor, I sometimes utilize teddy bear images to address contemporary, social issues that are relevant and that affect the human race on a physical and spiritual level. Through my Twisted Teddys” series and other imagery, I hope the viewer is inspired to be more aware of their global connections to each other and to take personal responsibility for effecting positive change in society.

With my landscapes and portraiture, I strive to achieve an emotional connection with my subject that is conveyed to the eye of the viewer through my mastery of technique and subtle handling of materials, both digital and traditional. My intent, through my art, is to elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

  • Joined: April 2013

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Just updated all the teddy artwork and the fantasy artwork with larger images and some new images as well. Spent time placing the art so that it has the greatest impact on the products.
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