John Ross Palmer was born in Houston, Texas in 1974. He is a third generation Houstonian and a fifth generation Texan. Palmer began painting full time after the unexpected and tragic loss of his father in 1998. Since then, after humble roots of showing art at Houston-area bars and restaurants, Palmer’s career has taken a meteoric rise to an international level. He has self-published five books: Deliverance & More than Words (2003), Escapism (2004), Seven Years (2005), Jane & Co. (2010) and Faces (2012). His critically acclaimed, professionally-published book, The Art of Meaningful Living (2009) with author Christopher Brown made its debut at the Book Expo America in New York in May 2009 was available in bookstores nationwide. Palmer’s studies under master painters have taken him to all corners of the globe, including: Barcelona, Florence, Buenos Aires, Skopelos Island (Greece), Vienna, Cape Town, Tokyo, Berlin, Dublin, Jerusalem and most recently São Paulo. He is the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism which is devoted to forever destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist. His Escapist Mentorship Program, founded in 2009, has assisted in launching the careers of emerging global artists to international recognition. He owns the chic and contemporary John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio, a 4,000 sq. ft. attraction in the Historic Houston Heights. This gallery has exhibited amongst world class galleries at international art fairs since 2009, most recently at the Los Angeles Art Show in January 2013. For his dedication to the Space City, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau selected John Palmer as a member of the My Houston Campaign along with a small group of notable Houstonians including Beyonce Knowles, Clay Walker, Hilary Duff, George Foreman and George & Barbara Bush. John Palmer’s online presence is colossal. His Facebook Page, John Ross Palmer, as well as his Twitter Page, @JohnPalmerArt, have followers in the hundreds of thousands. His artwork is contained in the private collections of President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Ireland’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Palmer is a lively lecturer, having made speeches around the United States about his Art Movement of Escapism and his desire to end the stereotype of the struggling artist. In 2013, Palmer was honored as one of the very few living and working artists with a page on Wikipedia. This same year, he launched the massive Refuse to Struggle Campaign—a groundbreaking fundraising endeavor to construct an Escapist Artist Gallery & Studios for the entirely-free use of future Escapist Artists. At the time of Catalogue publication, Palmer has raised more than $100,000 through a combination of private contributors and a public crowd-funding operation on Indiegogo. To coincide with this year’s Evening of Escapism, Mayor Annise D. Parker has proclaimed October 19, 2013 as John Ross Palmer Day in Houston, Texas.