Being a self-taught Artist and Photographer, I started my career working as a Freelance Artist in the early 2000s which led to an 18+ year stint as a Professional Airbrush Artist. Photography was always right next to me the whole time. A sidecar to my main creative outlet. With constantly trying to find new ways to display my work I realized the art of capturing “the shot” was as fulfilling as painting.
My first real exposure, no pun intended, to Photography was a slideshow my grandparents put on after a trip to Australia. A wide-eyed 6-year-old realized that you could just “push a button” and capture that memory forever? I wanted to know how this magical and mystical machine worked. And that’s when my grandfather opened the curtain to the darkroom. From loading and winding the film to the sound of the shutter click of his Argus C3 (maybe it was his Nikon) to the smell of developer fluid, I was hooked. During my High School years, Photography and Video Production trumped all. For those that know me, yes, even more than Art and Cars. There was something about it. I could not get enough.
Fast forward just a few years and memory cards replacing film, Apps replacing the Darkroom sensations, but what remains is the Art. The love of getting “the shot”. Capturing not only the scene but what that scene represents. The feelings, sounds, smells, laughter, tears, all of it. THAT'S what drew me into the art of photography as a youngster and still inspires me today.
Passion leads with everything I do. My latest hobby is this amazing thing called Overlanding. It's essentially purpose-built, vehicular-based, exploration deep in the backcountry. Pretty fitting since I've been a gear head the majority of my life. Most of which was being around anything fast. Cars, boats, bikes, anything. Hopping in the truck and heading out with just the essentials (camera gear included of course) really does feed the soul. It's shown a new way to explore and travel and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I'm the type of person that when I truly find something good for me, I try to find a way to do it daily.
If the relentless pursuit of quality is a flame, then I’m the moth. Art may be subjective but quality, that's one thing most can agree on. A brush, a pencil, an airbrush, a marker, or a camera, are all just tools that help capture a feeling, a moment.
I'm Jay Skorupski
Few of my favorite quotes:
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be uncommon amongst uncommon people"
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
- Pablo Picasso
"Music is the space between the notes."