“I was inspired to be an artist after the unexpected death of my father in 1998. In my grief, I used rhythmic brushstrokes on canvas to pour out the pain. After my dad died, I understood how precious and fleeting life can be. In this moment of clarity, I experienced a life re-birth—into that of an artist.
I am an abstract painter that has been told many times, “I never really liked abstract art until I saw yours.” I think my art connects with people on a very primal level. They feel my emotions and connect with me through my use of vibrant colors or intimate imagery I sometimes include of my family ancestors. Along with my strong and confident brushstrokes, I often insert a very simple realistic image: an arrow, a circle, a checkerboard grid, or a white cloud. This has the effect of slowly pulling the viewer into the world of the abstract. Art, for me, is a healing process. Just as the healing process is not easy, neither is a true appreciation of abstract art. A basic trigger, to help pull the viewer in, aids in this regard.
I call my style of work Escapism. It is created and seeks to assist both me and the collector to leave behind life’s challenges, to enjoy the now, and rejoice in the blessings you have. I want the viewer to get lost in my art—just as I do. Escapism is not only my art style, but it is also the name given to my life mission of destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist. Through talent and hard work, artists can thrive and achieve financial success. My father, his entire life, struggled. In the aftermath of his death, I made a personal vow. I would never struggle.”
Whether the design is on canvas, metal, wood or paper, Houston Artist John Ross Palmer’s artwork is a testament to his energy, creativity, and passion for life. As Palmer the individual continues to grow, his artwork also maintains a beautiful evolution. From what started as two-dimensional abstract paintings on canvas, his depth of art offered in his Houston, Texas Art Gallery now includes original artwork on custom boxes, furniture, ceiling murals, salvage wood, neon, ceramics, jewelry, unique merchandise, and gifts. His inspiration for the art comes from his travels abroad as well as his local Houston Heights community’s desire to honor history. Escapism is not only the name of Palmer’s primary art style but also his Art Movement. His Escapism style allows the art enthusiast to ease into the world of the abstract by combining his strong, vibrant brushstrokes with subtle aspects of realism. As the Founder of Escapism and the Escapist Mentorship Program, Palmer seeks to elevate all artists by teaching them that through hard work and ingenuity the stereotype of the struggling artist can be forever destroyed. Palmer is not only a successful Houston businessman but also an accomplished author, speaker, and philanthropist. For these reasons, he has been coined The Hardest Working Man in the Art Business®.