Local artist finds success with unique style
Cracked like an egg isn’t just a metaphor for this Texas native’s early life. It’s also the tool he uses for his art, which got him out of that tough time.
Joshua Winston came to the Hill Country from Dallas in 2015 with only a bag of clothes and an appointment with a rehabilitation center.
Winston had lived a tough life leading up to this point, with a severe football injury, an unfinished education from Trinity Valley Community College and a substance-abuse problem.
“I didn’t really like football, but I had played it for so long that it kind of became my identity,” Winston said. “I wasn’t good at it, but I was big, 6’5 and 300 pounds.”
After spending a couple of months getting sober, he decided to take up art.
“I had a few canvases and some random stuff to put on them,” Winston said. “That’s kind of when the eggshells happened.”
He began creating sculptures out of eggshells that he would cut into and spread over a canvas or a board. A different type of style, but one he loved.
The inspiration for his work came from the pain he had gone through for so long. That “Embrace the Pain” mentality turned into what is now “A Beautifully Broken Work of Art,” as described in his slogan on his website.
“When I was beaten down, it was the only thing I wanted to do,” Winston said. “The inspiration was me putting things back together as best as I could.”
After working on his craft for a while, Winston decided to try to sell his art. He walked into Good Art Company, 218 W. Main St., with a few of his sculptures and asked the owner, Mary Katherine, to take a look at them.
“The day I walked in, they were aggravated because you’re not really supposed to do that,” Winston said.
Winston said that after only being there for a couple of hours, a customer came in and was fascinated by it. This led to Katherine allowing him to sell his art there. A couple of weeks later, he sold his first piece for $2,000.
Since then, Winston said he’s sold about 40-50 pieces. His most expensive piece was a portrait with a dark type of style. It was a self-portrait of him bowing and looking upset.
“My friend, an ex-Navy Seal, saw it and it reminded him of when he was in the Navy,” Winston said. “He connected with it and bought it for $10,000.”
When things started to pick up, Winston said he couldn’t believe it.
“I felt like a rock star,” Winston said. “Even just getting into a gallery, I felt like a rock star.”
As a kid, Winston would always tell people he wanted to be a rock star when he grew up and now he feels like he’s accomplishing that.
After a while of working in Fredericksburg, he met Aleksandra, his fiancé. Aleksandra is also an artist.
“She used to work in interior design across the street from a coffee shop I worked at in Kerrville,” Winston said. “I could never work up the courage to talk to her until I saw her again randomly at the gallery in Fredericksburg one day and was able to ask her to dinner that day. We’ve been inseparable ever since.”
Both of them recently moved to Dallas, where Winston’s struggles in life started, to try to better promote their art. While that thought is on his mind, he feels confident he’ll stay on the right path.
“After a while, you start to see what’s important in life,” Winston said. “At the end of the day, I’ve gone through enough suffering.”
Winston now sells his paintings and eggshell sculptures at the Good Art Company, 218 W. Main St., and the Stacie Hernandez Gallery in Dallas. His art can also be purchased on JoshuaWinston.com.
He said he’s going to start focusing his art on a new theme so that his art can evolve.
For those who have been through struggles in life and are trying to find their path, Winston said to find a way to feel those emotions and stop trying to control everything in life. Whether it’s through art or something else, find a way to express those emotions.
“The most important thing is not to suppress emotion from that pain,” Winston said. “We’re never going to find out what we’re supposed to be unless we embrace.”
Winston will have his art displayed during the First Friday Art Walk at 234 W. Main St. Friday, Aug. 2.
He’s also planning on showing off some new art later in the fall at Stacie Hernandez. To keep up to date on that, follow his Instagram, @JoshuaWinston.