MartinJon Garcia is an artist and former addict. His addictions started with drugs and alcohol, but while searching for sobriety he attached himself to a myriad of other vices such as gambling, masturbation, and emotional outbursts.
In the years since, MartinJon has utilized his creativity to help exorcise his need for external vices. Through his artwork, he was able to sort through the darkness that veiled how he saw the world and discover the value in his life and the world around him.
He conceived of The Portrait Project in the year 2000. It was a project where he would paint portraits of people, mostly strangers. Those who participated shared an experience of connecting and engaging over a creative practice. That project not only brought art into homes, it also gave participants a chance to be seen. For both MartinJon, and the hundreds of individual participants, this was an exercise of vulnerability and trust.
As a visual artist MartinJon has shown in several states and countries. As The Portrait Mentor, a facilitator of his Portrait Method, he has helped individuals from all walks of life—creating breakthroughs and life changing results for many who were previously stuck in both their views and lives.
MartinJon continues to develop his focus on portraits. “Portrait Facilitation,” is a mentoring process which helps people understand and onboard the Portrait Method. Having recovered from so many vices, and then a more recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, MartinJon is committed to empowering individuals to take the reins of their lives and enjoy the ride.