Meet the Artist: Jonathan Gelfman

Jonathan showed an early interest in art. As a boy, he spent most evenings at his drawing table. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minn., where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Professionally, he applied his skills as an artist through a career in design and marketing. In his free time, Jonathan recently renewed his passion for fine art and his own personal expression by building a new collection of paintings and drawings.

Sojourner Family Peace Center (His): We consciously chose not to show violence but ideas of why it may happen. Although I have not been part of domestic violence, my part of the piece comes from a place of personal reflection. A major theme throughout is the father-son relationship, particularly how a father is the prime role model for his sons. The central figures are the man taking a leap of faith and reaching for hope as he carries his son, who is the legacy of his actions.

Why art?
When I am creating art, I lose myself. Then, I experience who I truly am.

What does this project mean to you?
Working with my wife on this combined piece of art explores what a strong relationship is about: discovery, conflict, negotiation, resolution and commitment.

Who or what makes you laugh?
Uncomfortable situations and slapstick humor.