Due to COVID, production is currently 10 business days + 5 bus. days delay + shipping to arrive. FREE ground shipping for USA orders!

Your shopping cart is empty.

Your shopping cart is empty.

About Me

Heya!

I'M Christopher J Wesley

To understand my passion for art, we first have to go back to the height of my confusion as to where I fit in the world and how I attempted to figure out how to solve that problem. I was just a few weeks away from my freshman year of high school and still carrying the PTSD from being transferred from living alone with a violent father to a mother whose most frequently communication with me was how stupid I was mixed in with threats to send me back to my father.

Understanding the lack of value that I had, I signed up for an art class since I had shown some ability to draw in junior high. I was buoyed with hope that I could begin to be seen in a better light by the adults in my life since they had already decided that I wasn’t very intelligent.

I had learned from a book report back in sixth grade not to try too hard in academics because anytime I turned in work that was above their opinion of me, I would get punished for cheating, even if they couldn’t find the source I had cheated from.   

That was a lost cause to me, but I saw potential in the art class for me to excel based on the idea that my parents didn’t appear to attribute brains with art. 

That wasn’t to be the case though. Instead, this would result in one of my greatest challenges, because art wasn’t just my last hope for finding some kind of value in myself, it actually meant something to me.

The problem?

I was unable to break above a C+ on my projects. With each consecutive assignment I put everything I had into the work, yet still couldn’t manage so much as a B-. At the height of my outrage over the way we were being graded, I had just received my work back from the teacher where I received a lower grade on an assignment than someone who had spent nearly ten minutes drawing a cube. Unable to drop the class, I wrote a poem about the teacher on a desk one day to express my frustration. 

That poem resulted in a meeting with my teacher, my mom, the school principle and me. That meeting was a turning point for me in a way I could never have suspected. The principle took notice that I didn’t deny having written the poem in spite of the mandatory minimum of a three-day suspension I was facing and that when he called my junior high school to see what kind of problem I was going to be for him, they had to check the records to verify I attended the school because no one in the office had heard of me.

That notice he took resulted in the first public recognition I remember having received by an adult.

He complimented my spelling and grammar in front of the teacher I wrote it about. Then he made the teacher answer my question as to why I was being graded down on my projects. The teacher’s reasoning was that he felt I didn’t have to try as hard as the students who were getting the A’s and B’s. 

Naturally, the teacher and I never made up and I spent months trying hard to make the ugliest projects I was capable of, until he offered an open project to the class. We were able to make anything we wanted.

With that freedom, I wrote a stylized version of my name with the top of the letters on fire suspended just above a skeletal hand and just to the side of my name was a laughing skull. The background was all blues and blacks, with arcs of lightning cutting through the dark. It was symbolic of my world view. Death had me and was enjoying slowly destroying me. The lightning was the atmosphere reacting to my attempt to fight back. 

The teacher who hated everything I did, gave me my second public recognition and most meaningful accomplishment by citing my piece and one other in the class as the type of work that all the students should aspire to. Even though he later openly admitted that he still hated me, that day he had given me a gift because for the second time in not just the year, but in my life, I had felt truly seen.

The teacher who hated everything I did, gave me my second public recognition and most meaningful accomplishment by citing my piece and one other in the class as the type of work that all the students should aspire to. Even though he later openly admitted that he still hated me, that day he had given me a gift because for the second time in not just the year, but in my life, I had felt truly seen.



Explore, Discover, Belong

Take the time to EXPLORE who you are outside others expectations and limitations. You'll DISCOVER your interests and purpose. Most importantly, it sets you up to find where you truly BELONG.

1c crunched snajej
1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

This presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

2b crunched ctmrym
2b crunched ctmrym

Verified Returns & Exchanges

The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this business has provided a returns & exchanges policy for all art purchases.

Description of Policy from Merchant:

We want to ensure you’re completely satisfied with your purchase. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us using our Contact page form and include your order number with a brief description of what’s going on. Someone from our office will contact you within 48 hours (Monday through Saturday) to see how we can help. We will replace it or refund your money.

3c crunched udpkob
3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

4b crunched foaiql

Verified Archival Materials Used

The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.

Description from Merchant:

A full description for the materials we use can be found on our FAQ page: https://www.christopherjwesley.com/faq

4b crunched foaiql
Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.

×

Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List

×
Name

Badge ar compatible

The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.

Badge ar compatible

This Website Supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview Art

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.

To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!

×

Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.

×

Get 20% OFF your first print!

SAVE 20% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER!

Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!