Biography of Jon Bandish
My name is Jon Bandish and I am the Jimmy Buffett of Painting. I am an oil painter based out of Bethany Beach Delaware. I’m from Philadelphia PA and went to undergraduate school at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art where I majored in Painting and Drawing. My focus was mainly on the figure while at Tyler and a big part of that stemmed from my time at Temple Rome. Living and traveling throughout Europe I got to see the old master’s works in person and that was life changing for me. It was there that I began to gain an interest in the older aspects of art and art making. Over the years after graduating from Tyler and for a short time trying to pursue graduate studies, I became more enamored with other older aspects of art and art making, this time closer to home. While volunteering at Woodmere Art Museum in the Chestnut Hill part of Philly I got exposed to the works of Pennsylvania Impressionists and The Hudson River School artists. Seeing and studying those works put me onto a path of realizing a lifelong love and respect for Nature. I’m constantly amazed and inspired by Nature. It is beautiful and powerful as well as awe-inspiring and even scary. A big part of that love of Nature is tied to the ocean. For as long as I can remember summertime at the beach has been more than just a fun vacation. The sights and smells and sounds all mix together like instruments in band. The sound of a steel drum in a Jimmy Buffett song puts me into a joyful state of mind as much as the smell of the salty air or the view of the sun rising over the Atlantic.
This is where I start from with my art. In a way my intent is to paint the total experience of a moment. I get to live in that moment throughout the process of making the painting. That process is a combination of ideas and techniques that come from the admiration and appreciation of those older artists. I firmly believe in the drawing being the foundation of the painting and working through compositional ideas in the drawing before any painting is done. After transferring the drawing, I start with an underpainting, working out basic lights and shadows. I slowly work in my interpretation of local color and eventual details. I am crazy about the details because Nature offers us so many amazing, tiny moments that it’s a crime to omit them. I’ve taken to heart an old phrase that I think bears worth noting because it’s true; the money is in the details. For a more traditionally focused visual artist I think those details make the painting come alive. Take for example all of the minutiae of water droplets in a crashing wave. Painstakingly painting in each one has a powerful effect on the image and the viewer. Although a large part of my process is very traditional based there is an exception and that’s my color pallet. I like to use a high key pallet that although it is based on true local color it’s more about my feelings of what I’m painting. I can’t say that I cognitively set out to use more prismatic colors I just always have. I guess it’s the Jimmy Buffett in me that comes out.