I have been painting on and off for almost 5 decades and have a love for plein air and still life painting. What excites me about art and painting is the play of light and shadow on objects or a landscape. My artistic journey began as a high school student in Guin, Alabama. I earned my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 1976 and had a 43 year career as a pharmacist in addition to painting.
John has been instructed by such notable artists as Margaret Hand, Jim Wilcox, Tom Browning, Kevin Macpherson, Kenn Backhaus, Sherry McGraw, Joan Potter, Ned Bittinger, Perry Austin, John Pototschnik, Jeri Carter and Kim English. In October 1999, John and artist friend Russell Scruggs, laid the groundwork for “The Plein Air of Alabama” [PAAA], the first plein air organization in the state. John served as PAAA president until 2010 when the group became inactive.
John now lives full time in Sevierville, Tennessee. John teaches art as well as studying and refining his skills. John is excited to be able to share his paintings with others in his gallery locations. John has several prints available for purchase along with his original works.
John believes in the continuing power of art to change the world and open doors. Art knocks down barriers of culture, race, religion, gender, language, age, and economic class. Art is a language understood by all. The combination of good friends, fellowship, and painting over the years are true blessings for John. He feels very fortunate to be an artist and believes art is a gift that God provides us in order for us to share in the beauty and wonder of his creation.
“Art opens doors and enriches lives”