For many coffee lovers, spilling coffee is the adult equivalent of losing a balloon. The sight of wasted caffeinated goodness cuts right to the heart for most of us who love a good brew. But when Jon Norquist, a civil engineer from Tacoma, WA, spilled some coffee one fateful morning while using a defective carafe, he wasn't bothered. He didn't see or feel the loss of some metaphorical balloon. Instead he saw an opportunity for a creative outlet. And that's how Coffee on Canvas began.
Out of this experience, Jon has created incredibly attractive images that combine orderly geometric lines with free-spirited artistic spill patterns. The result is a style and medium that's are in classes of their own. Best Quality Coffee had the opportunity to chat with Jon to gain some insight into his unique labor of love.
The tagline for Coffee on Canvas is “Finding Beauty in Frustration” and it couldn't be more fitting. Jon has been creating commercial art from spilled coffee for the last 3 years and has built up a portfolio that contains some of the best coffee art out there. Since starting, his work has been used in National Football League (NFL) promotions and displayed in galleries and coffee shops across the country.
Painting with coffee has been done before. But painting with spilled coffee is another story. Jon has helped pioneer a new art form in which he masterfully manipulates spills coffee designs to create stunning art. And he does it with a precision and methodology you'd expect from an engineer who came out of West Point. Jon originally started creating designs on paper. But when he discovered that paper wrinkled too much, he opted for painting on a canvas which would better capture and preserve his designs. When asked which brand or roast of coffee works best, he responded by saying they're all pretty much the same. He achieves different color intensity by layering the spilled coffee as opposed to using different types. The final canvas work is also coated with a UV inhibitor to prevent colors from fading.
In our opinion, his coffee artwork speaks for itself.
There's an underlying message in making art out of spilled coffee that I think we can all appreciate. It's actually captured in the photo on the right.
It's a message about appreciating the beauty around you, especially during the most unlikely times.
In alignment with this overall theme, Coffee on Canvas promotes acts of charity with a specific focus on helping the homeless. When a customer purchases one of his state-themed pieces of art, 25% of the sale will be donated to a homeless shelter of that particular state. See the above example of his state-themed work. Coffee on Canvas also offers 100% custom work and also makes for ideal decor for coffee shops.
At the end of the day, Coffee on Canvas and Jon's incredible work have captivated both the art lover and coffee lover in us here at Best Quality Coffee. We look forward to seeing what caffeinated masterpieces he comes up with next.