A Northwest native, John Ebner, born in 1943, grew up on the family farm in Sublimity, Oregon. Plagued with severe allergies, he moved to Portland and attended art school. In 1969 he married his wife, Paula, and they moved to the Puget Sound area. Paula has been a constant source of encouragement and support.
John Ebner has been painting in watercolors since 1973 when Paula signed him up for a watercolor course as a start of a new hobby. John was employed as a manufacturers rep. covering western states--a great opportunity to gather subject material for his artwork. "I would bring my paints and paint in the motel at night. I couldn't get enough of it."
ART CHANGES THE WAY WE LOOK AT EVERYTHING!
"My paintings are a contrast of soft and hard edges, warm and cool colors, light and dark values. My goal is to capture the mood and essence of the scene."
John Ebners’ passion for serenity is mirrored in his passion for the world he paints. Considered today the Northwest's most collected painter, Ebner creates paintings that reflect the essence of the Pacific Northwest. From his misty mountains to the vague figures of his signature Rain People strolling ocean beaches or waiting, huddled under umbrellas.
Water, in its many forms, is one of the most predominant elements in his work. Water in the Pacific Northwest after all becomes waterfalls, mud flats, rivers, seascapes, beaches and mist. These recurring elements and the impressionistic colors that define the Northwest have endeared his paintings to anyone who loves this special place.
John is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a life member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters.