John is an award winning artist born and raised in Southern California. He has been drawing and painting his entire life and studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in Los Angeles before opening his own creative agency in 1989, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. He retired in 2005 to start a new chapter in his life. Today he spends his time painting, both studio and plein air, and heading up the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
John participates in plein air competitions all over the western states and participates in various shows put on by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, California Art Club and Crystal Cove Alliance throughout the year. He has been written up in several publications, including Southwest Art Magazine, a nationally recognized art publication. He donates his work to philanthropic organizations such as the Pathways to Independence Auction, Long Beach Museum of Art’s biennial auction, and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, to name a few. John is a member of several painting organizations including, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association, National Acrylic Painter’s Association and the California Art Club.
John resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife, that is when they are not travelling to art shows or visiting their two grown daughters, usually with his pochade box and canvases in tow.
2018 Exhibitions and Awards
“A Gathering of Color”, selected by the jurors for NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition.
One Man Show at the Lakehouse Collection on June 1
John has been juried into “Art Matters” annual show at the Huntington Library & Gardens, May 5-6
“A Gathering of Color” selected as part of the FAV15% in the March 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition.
John had three of his paintings juried into the Dec/Jan Plein Air Salon sponsored by Plein Air Magazine.
Having been in art and design my entire adult life, painting seemed a natural transition for me. I have had the opportunity to study under some of the most prominent plein air painters in the southwest, and living in California provides me with a wealth of beautiful places to paint in the outdoors, from the oceans to the mountains and desert.
My process starts outside painting small plein air studies which I then work up in my studio to larger pieces. Working outdoors with the use of light, color and composition and painting on location is nothing short of joyous. Not a day goes by, that if I am not painting… I wish that I were.