Jonathan Hardesty calls himself a classically inspired oil painter. He is a pro at what he does and the journey of how he got their is nothing short of inspirational.
For him, as it is for so many good artists, that journey started many years ago.
He went from just being able to draw this in 2002:
To finally producing masterpieces like this in 2010:
This wonderful journey has been chronicled and it is an absolutely fascinating to see. There is nothing quite like the relentless nature of the human spirit.
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