Homeless Man Uses Panhandling Money To Buy Art Supplies And Now His Art Sells Like Hot Cakes
Impoverished artists is a stereotype. Jon Masters is climbing out of poverty through his art. He managed to get enough money through panhandling to get art supplies, and started selling his land-and-dreamscape paintings.
Jon Masters is a 56 year old artists in Pensacola, Florida. He has no living place since his sailboat sank during his two-week stint in jail on a minor trespassing charge. Still, he comes to the same spot under a tree everyday, with his art supplies in hand and his dog Sheba close by.
“I’m a firm believer that nothing bad ever happens, even though it really looks like crap,” Masters said in a video interview. “Just not enough time has gone by to see what the good is going to be.” His example is inspiring other homeless artists – he even organizes a barbecue for them with the help of a local radio station – and his art is getting sold online.