The Woodlands resident Jesse Lane takes inspiration from one of his favorite artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Like Caravaggio, Lane uses chiaroscuro technique — a strong emphasis on contrasts between light and dark parts of an image.
Unlike Caravaggio, who lived a reportedly tumultuous life, Lane does not get into brawls on tennis courts. Rather, Lane has a reserved demeanor and is quite humble about his artistic beginnings.
“I was terrible at it. I didn’t think I was going to try to be a professional artist at that point, but I just kept doing it,” he said. “I’d never been good at anything before, so it became the thing I was best at and how I defined myself.”
Lane began drawing with colored pencils in 2005. Ten years later, now age 25, the graduate of The Woodlands High School is an award-winning artist, having won first place in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival’s Student Art Scholarship Program and, this month, the Derwent/Conté À Paris – ColArt Americas Award for Exceptional Merit in the 23rd International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America in Atlanta.