The Summer 2021 issues features Jay Alders amongst other artists who turn their passion into art.
Jason Alders grew up in central New Jersey about 14 miles from the shore. He has also spent time in North Florida, and learned to surf at seventeen. He began drawing surfers and waves in high school.
“As soon as I had a driver’s license,I was at the beach surfing or skimboarding almost every day.”– Jay Alders
Working with oils, acrylics, sprays, and airbrushes, Jason creates award-winning works known for bold lines, colors, curves and geometrics. Brazil’s popular Alma Surf magazine named him Surf Artist of the Decade, and he has done five album covers among other commissions and freelance work for big bands and brands. “My favorite, though, is just bringing my own visions to life.”
Jay might be most well-known for his philanthropic work, donating art to help hurricane victims and spearheading campaigns to raise money for important causes. He says it’s an honor to be an ambassador for SurfAid and to donate a portion of his income to charities he believes in.
“I am very much moved by those moments in life that make you look twice,” he said. “People, shapes, light, and colors that replay in my mind might end up becoming a painting.
I let my brush guide me most often. That’s what feels best.” He currently lives not far from his childhood home with his wife and four children, about a mile from the ocean. He still surfs as much as he can. (www.jayalders.com / Instagram: @jayalders)