Joshua SCRANTON

My is art motivated by what I love the most in life. I love my Children, Dreams, the Bible, Mandarin, and Cyberpunk. I use these elements to create art that expresses ideas such as love, agony, resurrection, redemption, relationships, and intimate connection. All of these experiences are what gets us where we need to go and defines who we are. I draw and or paint to process my journey and consider my future destination. I draw what I love the most.
My love for my children has been so profound and has greatly influenced many art pieces. My daughter Kayna was my favorite model for years. My son Ethan or my “小男儿'' is the apple of my eye and he also appears in various digital works. You may ask why Chinese? My employer over a year ago asked me to essentially become a Mandarin student, which brings me to another
love of my life. My love of the Chinese language and the ideas that make up numerous Mandarin characters have greatly shaped my perception of the world. I use Mandarin all over my technical and fine art. Who would've thought a guy from a flyover state would be learning Mandarin Chinese, let alone writing, reading, and drawing in it.
I grew up in the midwestern USA, in a Christian household. The Bible was a rather large part of my upbringing. Its influence has grown over the years as I have gotten older. The concepts of redemption, resurrection, struggle, the light, dreams, etc have greatly influenced may art. I have really dove headfirst into biblical philosophy and surprisingly enough I have started studying it in Mandarin. The visuals and meaning of the characters has expanded my thinking and intern art, again and again.
Growing up I also took in all the cyberpunk and sci-fi movies, comics, and books I could get my hands on. My love for cyberpunk just continues to grow. It shows up in a very future shock sense in my art. Cyberpunk in my art is mixed with historical, Biblical, Mandarin, and stories about peoples lives. I visualize people in literal or spiritual scenario’s and draw it out. I love movies like BladeRunner and Aliens and the style of those show up as well. I love the gritty yet bright aesthetics of cyber punk, along with the harsh emotional undertones it possesses. I swear I dream in neon.
The art I am currently engaged in is a combination of what I love in life. My children and others, Dreams, the Bible, Mandarin, and cyberpunk. I tend to blend them all together to formulate art that expresses where I am at, and where I feel I am going. Every piece has profound personal meaning and is me processing another chapter of my journey, while looking ahead to the future.

Joshua SCRANTON