Formal education for the artist began in a one-room schoolhouse in York County where on numerous occasions an impatient teacher applied a ruler to his fingers for drawing bunnies when he should have been doing seatwork. Thankfully, a truce was reached with the teacher before any real damage was done. His formal education eventually culminated in post-graduate work with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education. A teacher and principal for some twenty years, the artist spent the next twenty years as a computer programmer at IBM. Basically a self-taught artist, he continues to attend art classes and workshops as his schedule allows.
“Watercolor, with its brilliance and fluidity, from abstractness to solid core realism, has always been my favorite choice of mediums. After selecting the elements I want to paint, I attempt to transfer what my mind imagines to the watercolor paper. I usually begin with washes over selected parts of the paper to produce the under painting. When I’m satisfied with the colors there, I progress on to the more detailed parts of the work, many times painting over the initial washes as I go. Value, color and contrast all play an important part in creating my final work. I attempt to depict two dimensionally what I see as a three dimensional world. I try to capture the beauty and wonder of life and put it on a piece of paper.”
Currently the artist is a member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, York Art Association, Hanover Area Arts Guild, Art Association of Harrisburg, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Morgantown Art Association, Berks Art Alliance, Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Adams County Arts Council. He enjoys entering and attending art exhibits and has been accepted into several juried competitions. He has been accepted as a Signature member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. John also is active in the state and local art world, serving as 2nd Vice President of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and currently Treasurer. He also has served as a Trustee and as newsletter editor for the York Art Association.
John’s artwork has been accepted into several juried exhibitions, including the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 30th , 31st , and 32nd International Juried Exhibition and more recently at Morgantown, WV, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and Missouri Watercolor Society. Most recently the artist has had a one man show at the Hanover Area Arts Guild, Moon Dancer Winery in Wrightsville, PA, the Paul L Smith Library in Shrewsbury, PA, and the Brown’s Orchard Market in Loganville, PA. He was formerly represented by the Living Light Gallery of Lancaster, PA.