We had the good fortune of connecting with JD Shultz aka Human Brother and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel’s boardroom ceiling I painted for their venture capital firm Bryant & Stibel in Malibu, Ca.

Hi JD, as a parent, what have you done for your children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Giving my two kids the tools and fundamentals to express their creativity is imperative. Allowing their brains and minds to be nourished by the energy flow of pure expression is a powerful way to help reach their potential as humans. Creativity is the pathway to happiness, fulfillment and success.    

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being born into a family of artists, I was given the freedom and proper guidance to join the family business of being an artist. It’s been a long and winding road, but steady. I’m a professional artist(painter) and musician. I believe in today’s world, talent is not enough. An artist has to be able to stand up and talk about their art or else no one else will. The days of the introverts rising to the top are all but over. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Artists need to be salesmen in 2021. You can never give up on your dreams. No matter how difficult things can get. The desire for success should only grow stronger as things become harder. One must face their challenges head on and channel greatness from those challenges directly. By simply hearing the word “no”, I became better at my craft because I wanted so badly to hear the word “yes”.

I play multiple instruments, produce, mix, and record all of my own songs under my chosen artist name Human Brother. For my artwork, I treat it like a business because it’s my career and main source of income. I’m very fortunate to be able to balance painting commercially and from the heart. I found out early on in my career from my father Jack, that you have to have something for everyone to reach the majority of people with your art. So I’ll paint a vacation spot, an animal, portraits, sports and pop figures, nature, spiritual etc…

I’ve also been very blessed to channel my subconscious mind and soul into my abstract art which connects to people in different ways through the depths of my inner self expression.

I’m very excited to now have products for everyone. I’m now printing my art on everything that people need in daily life. You can see the art and products at www.jdshultzart.com.

I’m an overachiever. I believe my tenacity, desire and passion to leave a monumental legacy is what drives and empowers me daily.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite places in my hometown of Los Angeles would be the Self Realization Center in Santa Monica. It’s like walking directly into heaven. The lake, the swans and the grounds are so peaceful. The setting is like a postcard from above. I would take my friends there to walk, talk and meditate. Then I would go to LACMA. The museum I grew up one block away from in the Miracle Mile district of L.A. It’s so invigorating and inspirational to see what the most renowned artists in the world are creating and how they are pushing the boundaries and pushing forward in new ways to enrich our planet with creativity.  

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents, Jack and Carole Shultz were both professional artists who paved the way with their support, knowledge and passion for the arts.

Website: www.jdshultzart.com
Instagram: @jdshultztheartist
Facebook: @thejdshultzgallery
Youtube: YouTube.com/1humanbrother
Other: www.jdshultz.com www.thejdshultz.com

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