John loves the experience of being an artist in Colorado. “Living in this beautiful state allows me to really enjoy all aspects of Western landscape oil painting and drawing. Being able to spend time outside in the mountains or in my studio which is located outside my home, is a very tranquil setting for creativity. The difference in the seasons here in the mountains is a inspiration for all my work”. John loves to Plein Air paint on location, as he values the sights, sounds and smells of nature. This allows him the special opportunity to experience first hand what his clients enjoy, enhances his creativity, and he works to incorporate those feelings into all his art pieces.
John was born, and raised in Nebraska; however, he now lives in the beautiful state of Colorado. The Colorado landscape allows him to enjoy the outdoors and gives him opportunities to Plein Air oil paint many great aspects of the Rocky Mountain region such as: mountains, wildlife, roaring rivers, streams, and all that nature provides. He was gifted with the ability to paint and draw and is self-taught; however, he has had the opportunity and privilege to have mentored with a few other artists. Recently, John mentored with Professional Artist Jay Moore (Parker, Colorado) through his mentorship program. “This priceless experience was amazing ~ learning from a master artist like Jay was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. “This has certainly provided a jump start for me in becoming a better professional artist”. John also recalls a great story when he was very young. He would always get in trouble from the teachers in school for sketching in class. “When I was in fifth grade my teacher finally told my mother that everyone should allow me to pursue what I liked to do and that I had talent”. To this day, John remembers this teacher (Mrs. Jennings) as a very positive influence in his pursuit of drawing and painting professionally.
John has a college degree in architecture and worked in this field for a few years before moving into sales and marketing opportunities. His work experiences have allowed him to be successful and to develop many personal relationships; however, he never lost his passion for drawing and oil painting.
He continues to learn new concepts, refine his skills, and build on what he has learned from others as an artist. All of his works are original paintings or drawings completed specifically for each client based on their personal story, surroundings, emotions, and what’s important to them and their families.
“The best part of being an artist for me is listening carefully to each client’s story as they describe their experiences of what they would like me to capture within their personal piece of art. This maybe a story of their parent’s ranch, cabin, wildlife, favorite lake, pets, or fishing spot, scenery from a hiking trail, or other places they would like to capture on canvas”. John is also an active member of the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative.
My working studio is located outside my home here in Colorado. This amazing setting amongst the trees and mountains enhances my creative spirit as I create all my art pieces. The studio is also a private place to meet with new and existing clients to view samples of my work and plan their next original painting or drawing without interruption.
John, like you, has many specific memories and stories from growing up with family and friends. The photo on the right, is an old photograph handed down through the family of him and one of his grandfathers fishing when he was very young. “When I look at this photo, it brings back all the emotions and great memories which is what I want my clients to feel and experience when they look at my paintings or drawings. His grandparent’s cabin was located on Oakwood Lake in South Dakota.