No Use Crying Over Spilled Coffee

In 2016, Jon Norquist had a lousy coffee maker, which tended to spill more coffee onto his countertop than into his mug. "Early one morning, with the light just right, Jon caught a glimpse of the pattern the coffee made on the countertop and inspiration struck. Beginning with a few pieces of paper taped to the countertop, the “spilled coffee” art form quickly took shape. Taped paper was soon upgraded to canvas, and Coffee on Canvas was born." 


Today, Jon sells his spilled art to individuals and organizations on his site He also happens to be serving as a Major in the Army Reserves.

Jon gives a lot of credit for his success to his family. It has been his support system and includes 6 children! When asked how he was succeeding while others might fail, he says, "I'm a pretty determined guy, and have a very supportive wife. If you have the right mindset, have a vision for where you want to go and stick with the vision, you tend to get the results (or a flavor of the results) you are looking for. Plus people love coffee!"

No doubt about that. Coffee on Canvas worked with the Seattle Seahawks on their 2018 schedule release (video can be found on his site), and created art at Century Link Field in Seattle. Jon has also flown all over the country doing live art activations for companies like Folgers and 'Dunkin' Donuts.

He says, "It's been an incredibly fun and growing opportunity for me as an artist. Folgers even asked me to make a wedding present for the Rock who is an avid drinker of Folgers coffee."

Ahem. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! 

Even though Coffee on Canvas has seen many accomplishments, Jon wishes he had known more about graphic design and marketing when he started. Marketing, specifically, is tough, so let's consider helping him by sharing this article. 

Make sure to forward this to your favorite coffee companies! Coffee on Canvas seeks to have an ongoing collaboration with a coffee company and provide them with art and digital media showcasing their coffee!

There are a ton of Veteran-owned coffee companies that I know of! If you know of one or TEN, point them to to collaborate and create something eye opening!  

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1 comment

  • Very nice work!

    Hannah Hurley

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