108 W. First Street DeRidder, Louisiana
In Pursuit of the The Road Less Specs On The
Joker Travelled Flat
John grew up in a small town in Indiana and majored in Design Technology at Vincennes University. Upon graduating from college, he joined Bell Laboratories as a mechanical designer which provided extensive experience in graphics projection, perspectives, and spatial relationships that would later play a key role in the development of his paintings. John moved to Louisiana in 1976, then relocated to Texas.
In 1991 John became interested in painting and joined a small group studying under the late James P. Black, an accomplished landscape artist residing in Beaumont, Texas. James studied under various artists, including A.D. Greer, which provided a sound foundation that John continues to expand. John then studied under a talented South Korean artist in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia and had paintings critiqued by William Hagerman.
In conjunction with an international Oil & Gas assignment, John was provided opportunities to observe and study wildlife and landscape features in the Middle East, Malaysia, Africa, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Australia. This exposure to diverse aerial perspective opened the door to exploring clean paint mixes and subtle glazes. "I began to run a pallet knife through 2 colors at a time then selected the richest delicate mixes from the limited pools, often remixing with hybrids from other pools. The incorporation of glazing enhanced and strengthened the ability to capture light & shadow within the vertical layers.
John's subjects of interest are Texas Hill Country landscapes, Bluebonnets, Fish, Birds, Western Paintings, Wildlife, and the American West. John's medium of choice is oil and he paints both in the studio and en plein-air.
John is an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America and is also entering competitions in Texas. Recent awards include 2 best of shows and 2 first place awards in various regions across the state.
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RAD RealArt DeRidder Art Gallery 108 W. First Street DeRidder, Louisiana © 2012
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