Jon McAuliffe is one of those people that, when you meet them and get to know them, you wonder if they were given too much talent at the expense of the rest of us.
I knew Jon was a talented artist. I'd done an article on a show he'd had at the The Framery Gallery when it was in Bellows Falls a few years ago. But it was only when I went to interview him for this article that I realized I'd met him earlier. Jon is not just a talented painter and illustrator, he's also a talented musician, and was the lead guitarist and lead singer with Blind Luck Music.
Blind Luck Music, from 1998 til it disbanded in 2004, was one of the more successful groups doing original music in the area. When Jon decided to spend a semester in Italy studying art, the group broke up. I was glad to hear that Jon is back doing music in addition to his artwork. But it is his art that he's focused on, quite successfully, over the past five years or so.
"I've been really fortunate," he said. "Business is getting consistently better. About 90 percent of what I do is commission work, portraits and paintings."
Jon said that by keeping his prices really reasonable, and with limited up-front costs, he's been able to make a living with his artwork. He was also straightforward about how he's developed his talent, both in art and music.
"It's all about practice," he said. "Being a musician as well, I understand the work ethic of practicing to get better."
Jon's artwork and contact information can be found at his website, www.mcauliffe-art.com.