"The Firewall to a true democracy since the beginning of time has always been held by poets, philosophers, and artists." - C. Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones (left) is most recently known for an iconic image that went viral on social media. The image is of Kamala Harris walking in the shadow of Ruby Bridges, reminiscent of the famous Norman Rockwell painting titled "The Problem We All Live With.", was one of Gordon's most recent visions, and is titled "That Little Girl Was Me".
Bria Goeller was hired by Mr. Jones and collaboratively created the digital collage from many sources to create the final digital image which has since gone viral. He also commissioned Mitchell Howard to create an Oil on Canvas replica of the digital image to be able to make Fine Art Reproductions on Canvas. Black Cat Studio made digital corrections to blend it with the digital version to create a painted/realistic aesthetic.
WTF America was born in 2017 after he read an Australian newspaper headline titled, "WTF America." This need to create a meaningful conversation is how Good Trubble was born, which specializes in political satire and current events.
Good Trubble's goal is to empower the average person and educate the younger generation, evoke hope, and spark dialogue about being neighbors while allowing all of us to have opinions and respect one another. Gordon's goal is to continue to make an imprint of positivity in his life and the lives of others.
"'I was so moved by that image. I've given it a name myself, I call it 'shadows and shoulders,' because it reminded me that all of us are standing on the shadows of people who came before us - or standing on the shoulders.' - Ruby Bridges"
Gordon Jones is a visionary whom often comes up with concepts and collaborates with artists to fulfill a vision based on experiences, moments, phrases and events that inspires him.
Growing up as a child in the 60's, the carefree dynamics of Gordon's life included tragic events that changed how he viewed the world. These experiences introduced him to the fact that his birth certificate said 'COLORED.' Just like that, my questions of who he was and what he represented have since been at the forefront of everything he does.
In his latter years, he relocated to the Virgin Islands and chose St. Thomas as his home for over 20 years. Once he returned to the states, he noticed a lot of despair in the average person's eyes due to the political environment and felt the need to lift people's spirits by adding sarcasm to politics.
Mitchell Howard has an eclectic experience in the art scene from graduating SFSU with a bachelors degree in Advertising, Design and Art, serving as an art director of the San Francisco-based Cunningham & Walsh Advertising Agency, to moving to New York, Minneapolis and eventually back to Marin his home base where he was often featured in shows. Howard is a proud founding member of the MC Arts Gallery & Collective and is well known in the local art scene. His paintings have been displayed at the Hannah Gallery and he collaborated with a fellow artist to work on the Rocky Graham Park Mural. He has helped to mold future generations of artists by teaching classes at several elementary schools throughout Marin County, including the Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.
Through his paintings, Howard seeks to bring people together and illustrate images they can relate to. Howard also understands the power art has— that he has— to relay messages to society.
“Art makes you think, it expands your horizons and makes you use your imagination,” he says. “People may see different things in the same painting.”
Bria Goeller is an artist, designer, and creator whom believes in the power of storytelling to encourage vulnerability and empathy. Along with maintaining her own art practice, she designs unique and sustainable ways of communicating through creative content - like graphics, portraits, custom art, films, websites, logos, and branding. Bria works alongside local artists and organizations to advance social movements through the communicative arts in my communities.
'I want women and people of color to feel that they have a voice. That confidence is what will create the world we deserve. My goal is to use my art to help amplify that voice. I hope to continue to be an advocate in that way, and I’m grateful to have created something that helps celebrate such an overdue landmark. These images are important, and powerful. Representation matters more than a lot of people realize. The closer we can get our media and imagery to reflect reality, the better off we will all be.'"