“I’ve always thought of painting as a compulsion, but a compulsion that I just happen to really love,” says Jake Troyli. He’s a passionate artist, one that has thrived in a surrounding that didn’t expect him to pursue a career as a painter. “For the longest time, I thought I was going to be a basketball player. Being 6’9”, Black and athletic, it almost seemed like that’s what I was supposed to do,” he confesses. But his love for art and an innate need to paint and express himself through brushstrokes, color palettes and balanced compositions led him to where he is now."
Jake Troyli True to One's Compulsion
Nicole Otalvaro, Metal Magazine , September 10, 2020