100 Creatives 2012: Jeremy Wells, Painter, Nature Geek
It's not at all difficult to believe artist Jeremy Wells when he says he uses nature and the outdoors as the inspiration for his artwork -- he even named his two children after geographical formations: Savannah and Canyon.
Jeremy Wells created this mural in The Houston Family Arts Center
His repertoire of talents ranges from canvas paintings to refinishing furniture to decorative finishes within buildings and complexes, all custom made for his clients. Whatever production method Wells uses, he tries to transform -- rooms, stairwells, ceilings or entire buildings -- into something magnificent and breathtaking.
He also manages two businesses that showcase his artwork.
Imago Dei uses a team of artists to create and install design finishes and place artwork or create artwork for clients. The Village Executive Suites offer small companies the opportunity to rent office spaces within a building that serves as a walk through gallery of Wells' work and design.
"Our tenants get to be surrounded by rotating art and that provides a lot of quality to the space," says Wells.
What he does? "I like to work in various mixed medias. We do a lot of plaster works, like decorative plasters, clay plasters, lime plasters and Venetian plasters. We create whatever the space needs.
"I really try to push our team to think outside the box and not about what we did in the past," says Wells. "We are always doing new things and experimenting with new things ... Executive Suites is an opportunity that I saw. I felt like Houston needed an alternative -- something more free and vibrant and modern with the same level of professionalism that you would find at a full service executive suite but with a boutique style of service."
Why he likes it? "I like leading people in whatever area of my life it is. Fundamentally, I like working with people. I like leading teams and all that comes along with that. It's inspiring to see all the things that come from people and it's encouraging for me to see a team of people create something they couldn't do individually. I also like that I don't ever have to do the same thing. Every day is totally different and has its own unique challenges."
What inspires him? "If I am working on commission's work, I tend to work best when thinking about the space and what was important to the collector when they commissioned it -- why did they commission it?
"I am usually inspired most by nature. I love being outdoors. I feel like I was born to be outside. Seventy-five percent of my personal work is all inspired by nature. I surf all the time; I am inspired by the ocean."
If not this, then what? Before moving to Houston, Wells was an actor in California, appearing in a few commercials and soap operas. He says he would like to do more work in film, such as acting, directing and producing.
If not here, then where? Ventura or Laguna Beach, California. "Born and raised in Ventura and whenever we vacation, we go to Laguna."
What's next? Wells and his team constantly work on projects, including expansion of the Village Executive Suites, but one project is a secret.
"I can't give away too many details, [but] it's a restoration of one of the oldest cathedrals in Texas. We would be responsible for restoring over 100 murals, like all the plaster work and the wood finishing."
More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
George Brock, theater teacher
Radu Runcanu, painter
Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media
Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker
Philip Hayes, actor
Patrick Palmer, painter
Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer
John Tyson, actor
Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer
Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor
Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright