The Journey from Childhood artist, Entertainment artist, to Fine Art paintings Born and raised in Ocean Springs, MS. 1972, Barrilleaux honed his craft by connecting his art with real world people and situations.
From as early as 4, his parents recognized Jody's passion for creating. As a young boy, he would often draw portraits of locals who frequented his Grandfather's cafe'
At age 11, Jody's grandmother introduced him to the airbrush. This was a new outlet to produce art on a variety of surfaces.
At age 19 , he found work at a local mall in a t-shirt shop, creating art for thousands over next few years.
This daily interaction with the locals and tourists turned into the ability to easily understand what his customers were looking for. "Airbrushing t-shirts wasnt in my master plan, but I enjoyed it and looked at as a stepping stone, something my father would always tell me....
My parents were always encouraging and positive forces in my life to believe I could accomplish anything i set out for."
As his career progressed, Barrilleaux would continue to take on new challenging surfaces. From Automotive and Motorcycle art, Flame jobs, to racey graphics on race boats, home and business mural, even the bottoms of swimming pools.
Eventually, he found himself working heavily in the entertainment business. It was his calling, Blacklight Artist extraordinaire. He began his Blacklight adventure in 2000 in Los Angeles. With a backpack of airbrushes and automotive spray guns, his journey into over 100 cities and Canada to create blacklight art for the entertainment industry.
He quickly developed a national following in many networks and became sought after from companies such as The Cordish Companies, Guy Fieri Smokehouse Restaurants, Margaritaville Resorts, Brunswick Corporation, The International Roller Skating Association, Cinergy Entertainment Group, Lasertron Inc.
His artwork has been featured in press releases in Long Island, NY Massapequa Observer, The St Louis Today, the USA today, and on The Discovery Channel, CSI Las Vegas, various country music videos and concerts such as Jake Owen and Reba Mcentire. His Motorcycle artwork on the World's first dual Hubless Motorcycle was featured in the Clinton Library.
Some celebrity clients include Guy Fieri, Barbara Bach (Daisy Duke), Ty Law of the New England Patriots, and legendary basketball superstar, Shaquille Oneal.
Transition from Commercial artist to Canvases
Making a transition from travelling city to city painting murals, to finally be able to paint from the heart was a welcomed new adventure... "it's what every artist strives for, to develop a unique signature style and paint freely."