Jon Wessel earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He left a doctoral program in Environmental Studies at Penn State University to pursue formal art training in the Bay Area at the Academy of Art University and the Computer Arts Institute. He has exhibited both locally and internationally. Currently, his work is exhibited through two online galleries, Daylighted and Artly Owl. Living and working in San Francisco, Wessel’s observations of the constantly changing urban environment led him to recognize a rich material resource in the paper ads pasted on walls and fences around the city. In the mold of decollage artists like Jacques Villegle, Wessel was inspired by the random, accidental compositions formed by the archeological layers of text and imagery in these layered materials.