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Born in Dallas, TX in 1980, Jonathan’s first artistic endeavour began at the University of Pennsylvania where he started basic drawing and figure drawing courses. At the age of 22, his drive for more rigorous and traditional training led him to apply to the classical realist atelier, Pantura Studios, to study under masters Hans-Peter Szameit and Sanna Tomac. After studying for nearly three years, Jonathan and his wife moved to Dallas, Texas where he began building his body of work and honing his skills. In addition, he is teaching traditional atelier methods to a small group of committed and talented students online at Classical Art Jonathan’s work is included in various collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited in invitational shows both nationally and in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Since he first picked up a pencil Jonathan has been logging his artistic growth on a website called "". The name of his blog is "Journey of an Absolute Rookie: Paintings and Sketches". To view his amazing progression from untrained to professional artist click below:

Journey of An Absolute Rookie