JP Colin Design currently includes two artists: JP Colin, and KL Colin. JP Colin is a fifty-nine year old University Senior double-majoring in Studio Art and Creative Writing at a major public university in the American Southwest. KL Colin has college training in Traditional Art methods, and is also a Master of Photoshop and other Digital Art software. The live together in the American Southwest.
JP Colin is a disabled United States Air Force veteran who served as a Cryptolinguistic Specialist and Intelligence Analyst at the National Security Agency. He was born in Southern California and raised in the Eastern section of the San Gabriel Valley, which lies about 32 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The community in which he was raised was a violence-prone area that experienced, and continues to experience, among the highest rates of gang-related deaths in the nation. He suffered from many issues for decades after his military service, but was only properly diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in recent years. This made for a very difficult number of decades, and many extremely distressing and unusual challenges arose in his life. He returned to university studies only after receiving a high-percentage Veteran’s Administration Disability Rating, which allowed him to refocus his life. Because of his superlative performance in school, JP has received some performance-based scholarship and other assistance, but he still struggles to cover the cost of education while working to establish himself as a viable member of the International Arts Community.
KL Colin was also born and raised in Southern California. She was diagnosed with severe Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features a few years ago. She is one-hundred percent disabled according to a Social Security Disability Judge, and JP is both her spouse and court designated caregiver. She is, however, able to create exceptional Art, but continues to struggle to manage the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. Her Art is seen primarily in our Art Merchandise. In essence, they are a long-suffering, loving, and committed couple that takes ample care of each other.
JP identifies strongly with those artists labeled as “Degenerate” by the Nazis. Their Art has inspired him to work to produce Art that is both challenging and thought-provoking. He has also been influenced by many other “fringe” visual artists, writers, musicians, and actors. He also has an affinity for birds from the Corvidae family, especially Crows. Crows are largely misunderstood, and they live their lives in accordance with rules that only the crows tend to understand. They are also creatures of mystery and lore. The Crows inspire and console him on a spiritual level. He likes to think of himself as an “Art Crow,” in many respects.
JP avoids any partisan political activities, and works to focus on more universal themes in his Art. This is not to say that JP never confronts political issues or famous “leaders.” He just prefers not to be involved with any specific groups or organizations established to forward any social or political agenda. As Groucho Marx famously said, “Any club that would have me as a member isn’t worth joining.” Instead of political rhetoric, JP tries to inject as much originality, humor, mindfulness, and honesty into his creative work as possible.
While JP Colin Design currently consists of only JP Colin and KL Colin, both artists seek to collaborate with other artists. They hope to eventually develop JP Colin Design into a broader arts business organization with multiple artists functioning as partners in the enterprise. JP has a very strong interest in seeking partnerships in Arts projects with individuals from many diverse groups that have often been marginalized by major arts organizations, including; military veterans, veterans of law enforcement, veterans of national security and intelligence organizations, people of from marginalized racial, ethnic, and religious groups, people who have been incarcerated in the past, and people with various mental and physical disabilities.
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