John had a desire to paint when
he was 12 years old. At that time, he only had watercolors to
work with and cheap paper. John had no reference material, only
a Renoir poster his father purchased in Europe. John also had
a Picasso print in a frame and one other print of a ship at sea.
The ship painting fascinated him because it showed the texture
of some thickly applied paint. That is the first impressions
he had that led to a strong desire to paint..
John's love for painting and
his love for nature merge as he constantly seeking to improve
on his skills. John's love for the French Impressionists still
show as he spent 20 years studying them in American and European
museums. He still goes to France and paints there. He has a special
love for the Early California Impressionists as well and still
finds locations similar to what they have painted.
Fortunately he can still find
open spaces with beautiful flowering hills. There is something
special and timeless when he is outside painting a scene that
reminds him of the 1900's. John also loves the great expanses
of Montana and Idaho. He loves the colors of the West and often
paints Western scenes that depict Native Americans. The Eastern
Sierras are an artists dream. Anywhere there is an unspoiled
natural environment, there is something for him to paint. It
is John's passion to present to this world beautiful works of
art in a timeless tradition.