Following retirement in 2008, John has focused on serious drawing and painting. His initial interest was sketching and painting birds, an offshoot of his experience as a certified master birder through Audubon. Now his primary focus is representational landscapes, informed by frequent plein air outings in the Pacific Northwest and many years of hiking, fishing and float trips. His subject matter includes both the ‘wet and dry’ sides of the Cascade Range, with the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington and the Deschutes River canyon in Oregon as particularly favorite inspirations.
John’s training has included voracious reading of art history and art instruction books, followed by art classes at North Seattle Community College under long-time department head Elroy Christensen and further study at Gage Academy with Suzanne Brooker, Tom Hoffman and Mitchell Albala. He has taken numerous workshops with well-known artists including Scott Christensen and Richard McKinley. Additional artist influences include Clyde Aspevig, Albert Handell, Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne and Kevin MacPherson. Bird artist inspirations include Lars Jonsson, John Busby and Tim Wootton. He has also studied with Northwest artists Steve Whitney, Joe MacKechnie and Molly Hashimoto.
John’s paintings have been accepted into numerous juried shows, including EAFA Open, Arts of Kenmore, Snoqualmie City Hall historical/railroad themed exhibit, and Maple Valley Creative Arts Council and are in private collections in the Northwest and throughout the US.
John is a member of OPA and multiple northwest arts organizations and was the coordinator for EAFA’s plein air group for several years. He is a Signature Member of the Puget Sound Group of NW Artists.