The Renaissance period embodied one of the best artists, Michelangelo, of its time. His work demonstrated a blend of psychological insight, physical realism and intensity never before seen. There is no wonder why Jacksonville native William J. Blaylock III acknowledges Michelangelo as one of his favorite artists and inspirations. As a painter and sketch artist, William describes his style as a mixture of Italian Renaissance, African American and Religious art.
William’s passion for art came at an early age. As a child he found himself drawing on anything he could get his hands on. “I would draw on paper bags, books and even on walls. That influenced my current motto – ‘As a child I drew on walls – now I paint on them.’” Despite his love for art, William’s life seemed to take him in a different direction. Shortly after high school he served in the Marines for four years and then obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from University of North Florida in 2000. His mission involved being a guidance counselor at a high school but faith would lead him elsewhere.
It wasn’t until late 2010 that he decided to pursue his passion and started his own business entitled Blaylock Creations.
His paintings and sketches show the fascinating use of the light and shadows that resembles a remarkable actual version of his muse. “My most requested service is sketch portraits. I can capture the pure essence of a person from a photo and/or live interactions.” It is the appreciation of his customers that encouraged him to randomly select Facebook friends to show samples of his sketching abilities from one of their photos. This not only makes the person feel good, but it helps to promote his profession. “It is important to brand yourself and to take advantage of social media and any other tools that can help you get feedback and perfect your art.”
William’s spirituality is very important to him and is often displayed through his paintings. “I enjoy painting religious portraits of Jesus and other spiritual influences. One of my favorite paintings is the portrait I created of Adam and Eve.” The story of Adam and Eve has captured the imagination of many artists and the imagery of this is through an artist’s own idea of what the story entails. In William’s painting, the two lay nude with the animals as Eve hands Adam a half eaten apple. This is only one of the portraits that can be viewed on his website www.williamjblaylockiii.com.
Although he is inspired by the artists from the Renaissance period, William also finds inspiration with local artists such as Adrian Pickett of Jacksonville, Florida. These talented artists push him to the limit of imagination of where he can take his own art one day. In the near future William hopes to travel the world displaying his art and to teach art classes to students aspiring to be an artist. “If I could encourage someone trying to make it as an artist, I’d tell them to do it for the love, not for the money. You have to have a passion for it in order for it to flourish.”
Artistically speaking, William J. Blaylock III is making a huge impact on the artistic scene in and around Jacksonville, Florida. His bold and complex techniques and his love for people draw in his audience and allow him to stand out as an artist on the rise. “I am not a starving artist, but I am hungry. My hunger is for creating art and teaching others about it.”
To learn more about William J. Blaylock III and Blaylock Creations, visit www.williamjblaylockiii.com, check out his Facebook page at William J. Blaylock III and/or call him at 904-610-8523.