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Those simple words sum up Jordan Newhouse’s reason for becoming an artist. In early January, Mahtay Café held an exhibit of his and John Helenko’s efforts for the public to view and purchase. The crowd of about 30 people took in the Saturday night event with an abundance of 50 paintings on offer seeking their visual critique.
Newhouse’s specialties range from nature to abstract paintings. The warm feeling from his pieces gave some patrons a sense of relaxation. The prices ranged from $20 dollars to over $100.
The night featured Newhouse painting a portrait live on stage along with folk music performed by Helenko (as well as other musicians), who was excited to showcase his musical abilities and art pieces.
“Mahtay has so much culture, as well as the community,” says Helenko. The café is on St. Paul St., in St. Catharines across the road from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The venue of the Mahtay Café, known as a “young people’s” hangout place, did not bring in great sales for Newhouse or Helenko but Newhouse says he is hopeful business customers will purchase some of his artwork.
Born on Sept. 12, 1978, Newhouse comes by his artistic genes naturally, following his parents’ artistic abilities. While in college, he began oil painting for extra income.
Having created over 200 paintings over the years, Newhouse’s love for art started at an early age.
“I started drawing every day and I wanted to learn to draw everything,” says Newhouse. “It’s because I love creating artwork that I became an artist.”
He has staged at least 25 art shows, including group exhibits such as the one at Mahtay Café.
To expand his brand, Newhouse decided to move from Niagara Falls, where he was born and raised, to Hamilton for the sake of his career.
When asked where he gets his inspiration for the masterpieces he creates, Newhouse says it comes from other artists he grew up learning from who inspired him and made him appreciate their work. Showcasing your artwork to the public is all about sales and exposure for the local artist.
“My motivation is to create improved artwork and expand my career and also representing charity causes and supporting those in need through sales of my artwork,” says Newhouse. “Watching the public react to seeing my artwork in person is my motivation.”