1710 Percussion is happy to be partnering with four talented artists who create our unique drum wraps. Please read their background and visit their personal sites.
Jennifer McGee works in acrylics, pastels, watercolors and other mixed media. She recently began developing her skills as an intuitive artist while enrolled in a Fearless Painting adventure with Dirty Footprints Studio. Jennifer’s paintings reflect her journey through life with vibrant color and vivid imagery. For stories about Jennifer’s painting process, please visit her website and blog The Creative Fire.
Jennifer lives in the hills of Charleston, West Virginia. She loves to explore the world of art in her studio or on the deck in the sun with her two dogs at her side. Jennifer is also passionate about mentoring young artists and inspiring them to realize their gifts.
Inspiration comes to her through interacting with animals and nature, meditating, listening to music (usually Pandora and talk Radio) as well as reading. For relaxation, she may slip away to a cozy book store, drinking a latte, and sketching in her journal.
Jennifer’s art work is also available as custom wraps on our snare drums.
Michael Dierks started his photography in 2002 while living in Massachusetts. He began mainly with landscape work but quickly began dabbling in other forms. In 2005 he moved to Hawaii where his inspiration was reinvigorated as he photographed the uniquely beautiful beaches and landscapes of Oahu. During this time he began experimenting more with different forms of photographic expression through High Dynamic Range and Black and White photography. Since then he has been steadily working to refine his technique. Starting in the winter of 2009 after returning to the East Coast he began experimenting with still life photography and other media in photographic expression. As he grew in this genre he experimented with moving smoke and paint taking inspiration from other artists. He is always seeking to expand his artistic boundaries through photographic expression. His photography portfolio is available by request. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael’s photography can been seen on various custom wrap images on 1710 Percussion drums.
What is an artist to do when they run out of canvas and the money to buy canvas?! Improvise! Meet Katie Costantino, straight out of Winter Park, Florida. Working at a music store, she picked up an old drum head from the warehouse to hold her over until she got paid to buy canvas. Little did she know she would fall in love with the way paint went on to the head so smoothly and vibrantly. Katie hasn’t bought a canvas since she picked up a drum head. When she was younger she was really artsy but bounced between music and art. After going from major to major, she finally settled into Graphic Design. She has a passion for painting and designing...and the fact that she can link the two things she love most together, music and art, is comforting. Her start-up business, acryliCustomz, is rapidly growing. Katie sits down with a paint brush and a wide variety of acrylic colors and just paints with no plan, creating detailed and eye catching art. She now has customers across the US, is branching out to support drum lines and is designing for Phantom Regiment.
Jay enjoys the challenge of making a statement, delivering a message or establishing an identity, often times without saying anything at all. Jay’s passion and education in graphic design began in childhood where he observed his stepfather building custom graphics for the family printing business, Maplewood Printing. Jay’s education continued to mature as he took college level art and design courses in high school, and completed a graphics design education from University of Maryland University College in 2011.
Now, as owner of Maplewood Design, Jay’s passion for creative graphics has included a broad range of branding necessities (logos, business cards, stationary, brochures, etc.) as well as custom graphics for websites, computer software, emblems, signs, wedding invitations, military-style coins and large laminates. He also has experience in video and photo editing, as well as web design, and understands how to integrate the design process into these forms of multimedia. Jay believes his experience in marketing and business is equally as important as his artistic talents, enabling him to recognize how a brand seeks to reach its target audience, and allowing him to create a truly effective design product.
Jay is responsible for all of 1710 Percussion’s logo work as well as other marketing material. He also designs images for custom wraps on many of our snare drums.
Rob Bryan, a.k.a. “Pirate Rob” of One Koast Entertainment, is a self-taught artist, musician and promoter who has developed his artistic style based upon the philosophy that “man cannot create anything more beautiful than nature.” He tries to recreate patterns and color palates that he has seen throughout the natural world and in his travels. He originally hails from beautifully remote Weatherly, Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains and now resides in Annapolis.
Through the years, Rob has had numerous art showings in Salisbury, MD and in Philadelphia, however after having much National success in music (representing bands, Pasadena, Bumpin Uglies, Bond & Bentley, Lovebettie, and many more), this will be his first opening in more than eleven years. He has sold over 300 paintings in that time.
Rob’s art is currently used to inspire a whole art curriculum at Weybridge Middle School in Weybridge, VT. Art teacher, Sarah Flinn has used Rob’s art to inspire the her students to make a connection between the math, science and natural images that are reflected in these paintings, relating the art to topographical maps, satellite imagery and rock formations. This curriculum is now going on its fourth year.