We had the good fortune of connecting with John Wathen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
The pursuit of new experiences makes me happy. I once thought traveling, doing different jobs, and meeting new people were some of the best ways to expand my understanding of life. The more I experienced, the more diverse I became. My happiness wasn’t what I achieved, but rather what I learned along the way. Every moment was an opportunity to appreciate the small things, so I was grateful for every second.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The reason I make art is not to be understood but to show my understanding. My art style is a collection of pointillism, silhouettes, and fauvism pieces. I believe if you make something truly unique it becomes a honest representation of who you are as a person. What sets me apart from other creatives and artist is my ability to switch styles frequently. I do my best to not be repetitive and get hung up on one idea or perspective. The one thing making art has taught me about life is to do everything with passion otherwise it becomes meaningless.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For food my go to is Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. They have some of the best fried gator and boudin. As far as activities you can’t go wrong with hiking in the mountains.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It was Bas Wolf who was a teacher, mentor, and friend to me. I learned about communication skills, entrepreneurship skills, the psychology of discipline, and he was also a caring man who helped me get through some difficult times. It is impossible for me to adequately explain how grateful I am to him for all the opportunities he gave me to grow and learn. He currently still teaches and owns a company called Precision Peeps that sells compound bow sights.

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Image Credits
Photo taken by Egan Lindsay, Instagram-@egan.lindsay @eggcellentfilms

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