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Jordan Bledsoe’s art work is on display at Toledo Library

August 11, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Next time you are visiting the Toledo Public Library, take a peek in the new display cases to see the art of local artist Jordan Bledsoe.

He graduated from Gladbrook-ReinbeckHigh School and is currently attending Hawkeye Community College.

Bledsoe plans to major in Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2011. Jordan is the son of Andy and Jenny Bledsoe. She is director of the Toledo Library.


I started drawing ever since I could remember being alive. As I grew older I began to take it more seriously and experimented with ways to improve myself and my techniques.

I am a huge fan of Blizzard Entertainment’s computer games Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, all of which were major motivators and contributers to my experience as an artist.

I also enjoy drawing futuristic type stuff and Star Wars things, along with the occasional “real-life” piece like Slash from Guns ‘n Roses or the Ford Mustang piece.

My parents, sister and other relatives were always key motivators and kept pushing me to become greater, along with my high school art teacher Kassi Nelson and my classmates who were in class with me while I was working on a project. The Apache helicopter painting would not have been finished without the support of her or the people in that specific class.

Over the years I have learned that if you long to do something that seems out of reach, the only way to achieve it to jump on and grab it by the horns. Art has taught me this by making myself step into the challenges of advanced techniques that I have never tried before and to just have at it and see where it takes me. The Apache helicopter painting is a prime example of this; it was my first painting I had ever done in my life other than finger painting. It shows to never be afraid of something that you have yet to experience, because with the right attitude you can show it who’s boss. I appreciate everyone who has helped me with my art through the years, and everyone who observes it and appreciates art in general.

-Jordan Bledsoe

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Jordan Bledsoe shows examples of his art work currently on dispaly at the Toledo Public Library.
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