Hi. My name is Jerson Antao and nature has always been the source of my inspiration, where I have always loved to transform a pale paper of canvas into vibrant nature-based pieces. Born in Cansaulim, Goa, India, I’m currently working in Mumbai for an advertising agency.
As a young village boy, I enjoyed drawing and painting and I felt the traits in my early age of being gifted with this talent, but the major push came from a relative who saw me drawing and told me that I should give it a serious thought.
I then decided to take up a Fine Art course and studied under the guidance of Milagres Pereira for 5 years. Since it was the computer age, I decided to shift to Mumbai in 2002 and join an ad agency and lost the touch with the brush since everything was done on computers. It took me 6 years to realize that my hidden talent for painting was getting lost. So, I decided to start all over again.
I took normal paper and resumed painting with a ball point pen and small splashes of watercolors. I used to try different mediums like ball point pens, pencil colors, pastels mix media etc. I felt good and confident again, but more over, the inspiration came from the paintings of Vikas Patnekar, a professional artist in watercolors and a close friend based in Mumbai. It was then, that I got a push and started painting during weekends as well.
By now, I had started to explore on the internet, the different techniques of watercolor paintings used by various professional artists, which got me more excited. It was my dream to have an exhibition of my paintings where I could express myself through them.
It was in the year 2014, that I took the first step toward achieving my dream and put up my first painting exhibition with a friend in Goa who is an artist where the theme of my paintings was “Nature as it is”. Although the paintings were through references and photographs, the response that I got was amazing and that really boosted my confidence.
I love nature a lot and that’s why I like doing landscape paintings like trees, wildlife, flowers etc. They say when you talk to nature it responds back to you. Although I have a busy schedule, I still make it a point to take some time out and create some magic on the canvas.
Whatever looks beautiful to me and catches my eye, I put it in detail. I like to give my paintings bright colors. My paintings have made a mark in countries like Canada, Sweden and in India as well.
For my paintings I generally use Mijello Misson Gold Watercolors which gives you good intensity and more vibrancy, Rosemary & Co. Artist brushes, Sable brushes which I found to be the best. For papers, I use Arches cold press.
In short it’s just a beginning of a new generation artist who is ready to make a mark with his chosen colors.
” If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you”.
– Steve Jobs