- Jared Ryan Shaw (J.Open HeART)

Jared Ryan Shaw by nature is an artist, having dabbled in several creative careers including acting, music, consulting, and promoting. Jared’s success in all these industries is indicative of his adaptability, likeability, unparalleled work ethic, and determination to succeed. Through all these experiences he has maintained one true identity; Jared is a seeker of truth through creation. While Jared has hit life’s highest highs, he has also fallen to its lowest lows. As an open heart surgery survivor, Jared combines a fighter’s mentality with a passionate appreciation for life.

Jared Ryan Shaw has described the process of creating his art as “feeding his pure” due in part to the internal artistic satisfaction he gains, and also because of the truth he can perpetuate with a blank canvas. Without formal training or education, he embarked upon his artistic journey through trial and error. His use of an extreme color palette mixed with his ability to live outside of the box led Jared Ryan Shaw to creative freedom. His initial plan was to simply define art through the exploration of different platforms. But like most plans in life, it changed. What subsequently blossomed was a lifelong devotion to the creation of art, and ultimately the study of himself as an artist.

With a blank canvas, he began to create. Ignoring the paintbrush beside him, Jared squeezed the energy of his soul into the black acrylic tube in his hands, and instantaneously he coined this act “paint-stained emotions.” While existential thoughts swirled, and curiosity peaked his attention, he was left in a state of self-reflection. He describes this time as “…an artist coming out of [him], but [not] understanding what the artist was.” As the paint flowed out of the tube, so did his emotional grief and achievements; he felt something that he’d never felt before, something that the great highs from his past lives could not compare to. He felt his pure artistic energy and vowed to forever feed it.

At that moment, Jared Ryan Shaw saw something in the organized chaos of his work and took a step back from his creative epiphany to observe it. He watched the unintentionally splattered paint dry thick, forming texture and curvature to a once flat surface. Since that time, he has never stopped evolving his originally formed style he now aptly dubs “soul flow.” Soul flow is influenced by Jared’s life, his experiences, his energy, and his love for music – in particular hip-hop – but never a particular artist as he is currently forming his individual artistry.