Jesse Guglielmana is a man of many talents. But according to him, words are not one of ’em.
The Costa Mesa-based surfer, shaper, designer, screenprinter, painter, and skater has myriad avenues of self expression. He’s a jack of all creative trades and is pretty damn good at everything, even if he doesn’t think so. As he says: “I’ve always wished that I could be really into something and just really focus on that and master that. The only way my brain has ever worked is to just obsess over something to where I don’t want to do it at all and I want to go do something else. The product of that has been me doing a lot of things, in my opinion, somewhat mediocrely, ya know [laughs]?”
While visiting Jesse in his hometown, we got a firsthand look at his day-to-day life, which usually includes some sort of surfing, skating, business, and art. And we gotta say, he’s much more pro than he lets on. Smash that play button for proof.
‘I like to go into things knowing that I’m going to mess up and almost like to mess things up on purpose in a way to get rid of that pressure of trying to make things perfect. I can express myself the most visually and especially painting has always been a place for me to communicate and express what I’m trying to say or how I feel about something. It hasn’t always been easy for me to express myself in words or in another way other than a visual thing, even if it’s an abstract painting.’
‘I started shaping 9 or 10 years ago but I always did it off and on. I would always be riding my boards but I wouldn’t be making boards all the time, just riding the same ones forever. This type of stuff doesn’t come super naturally to me. The painting stuff comes pretty second nature to me, whereas this I’m enjoying the process of it being a difficult thing for me to wrap my head around.’
‘A lot of my paintings revolve around and are dependent on layering. My favorite paintings have gone through this process multiple times. They’re not discarded. They’re just in the process of being finished.’
‘My mind always works best when there’s too much going on for me to get caught up in a thought or in the process of making something.’
Jesse wears the Rece sunglasses from RAEN Handcrafted Eyewear.