North Shore Studio


David Jonaitis was born in 1982 and joined the Arts of Life in 2012. His renowned friendly demeanor is evident in his portraitures and vibrant use of color.

“I like to make portraits of people who are famous and people I know. Just people that I admire. I admire a lot of people like the staff here, celebrities and some artists who will remain nameless.”

When creating, Jonaitis will often build a tangle of words or motifs around his subjects, swaddling them in visual representations of their personality traits or personal histories. He approaches his work with great dedication and can spend weeks creating the world of a single, unforgettable drawing.

“I love everything about art. How we work, how we do things. I like working with new materials and interacting with other artists. Just being here, being with the artists and staff.”

Selected Exhibits

Like Sirens

Circle Contemporary North Shore, Glenview, IL - 2019

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017

Winter Expo

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL - 2017