Joseph is a 23-year-old fine artist who has chosen to take a leap of faith into a career in the arts, creating large-scale abstract expressionist paintings.
Once Joseph began to devote himself to his life-long passion of creating art, he also committed to demonstrating to young people how much life and the human experience can be enhanced by choosing an aim and heading towards it. In other words, a person can achieve or discover profound purpose and fulfillment through hard work and focus on something they are passionate about, inspires and improves the lives of others or all of the above.
Every time Joseph needed it, he returned to creating his art, and doing so with a deliberate effort has allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a fine artist. Joseph has written numerously on his blog and mentioned on his about page found on his website, yonkeart.com, that he hopes to demonstrate to others, especially to the individuals in his generation and below, that holding their passions at a high value and believing in themselves while “showing up every day” can and will change their lives permanently. In the words of the young artist who goes by the alias of J.R. Yonke, “Ideally, my mission, demonstration as an artist and human, and the art I produce will inspire and impact others in a meaningful fashion and enhance life in some measure.”
One of the most encouraging comments Joseph receives from either his peers or the general public is that seeing how driven he is helps motivate them to strive to be the best versions of themselves, and are shown proof of the possibilities to be derived from taking the road less traveled upon. It also means a lot to Joseph, as it would to any artist when he notices others who have seen what he is up to and then trying to practice a creative endeavor.
As Joseph grows and develops as an artist and person, he hopes that he will be able to exponentially set an example and help guide others to an optimal experience on this earth.
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