About the artist
Born and raised in Southern California, John took classes in drawing and painting throughout his childhood and then moved on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena majoring in graphic design.
After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in the Los Angeles area before opening his own creative agency in 1989. His company grew from a one man firm to a 30 person agency in the 17 years he had his business, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.
John retired in 2005 to start a new chapter of his life. Today he is enjoying painting, both studio and plein-air, as well as heading up and teaching the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Exhibitions and Awards:
John will be a featured artist on the annual Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28
John has been juried into the annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, Oct. 6-7
John had a full length feature article about him and his work in The Mountain News June 2018.
The Lake House Gallery in Lake Arrowhead, featured John at their "First Friday" event on Friday, June 1st.
John has had his work, A Gathering of Color, selected by the jurors for NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition. This painting will be viewable in the online exhibit on www.noaps.org.
John has had his work, A Gathering of Color, selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the March 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition. The FAV15% paintings can be viewed atfaso.com/boldbrush/fav15/208. This honor means that he might be featured in informedcollector.com in the coming months.
John has had two of his paintings juried into the Art Matters show at the Huntington Library in San Marino, May 4-6
John had three of his paintings juried into the Dec/Jan Plein Air Salon sponsored by Plein Air Magazine.
John's painting "Good Times at Starling" was selected in the favorite 15% of entries in the Dec. Boldbrush Painting Competition
One Man Show, Starling Diner, Long Beach, CA, Dec 2017
Juried into the annual Palos Verdes Holiday Art Show, Dec. 2017
Juried into the annual 6x6 Randy Higbee Show, Dec 2017-Jan 2018, Costa Mesa, CA
John has been juried into the 3rd annual ARTventure event in Costa Mesa, CA, Nov. 10-11
John's painting "Yellowstone Rush" was selected as the jury's favorite 15% of entries in the Oct. Boldbrush Painting Competition
John was on the Long Beach Open Studio Tour the weekend of Oct. 14-15.
John's painting, "Pride" was selected as the jury's favorite 15% of entries in the August Boldbrush Painting competition.
Juried into the Summer Salon at Saga Fine Art, Monrovia, CA, July 18-Aug. 31
"Sunday in Laguna" and "Koi Ballet" were both selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the May 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition.
Juried into the semi-annual Beverly Hills Art Show, the weekend of May 20-21.
Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art's "Art Auction XVI", May 7, 2017 with his piece, "Hot Tin Roof".
John was the featured artist at the Long Beach Yacht Club Ladies Day April 13.
"Egg Heaven" selected as one of the top 15% of all entries by juror in the March Boldbrush Painting Competition.
Juried into the annual 6x6 Randy Higbee Show, Dec 2016-Jan 2017, Costa Mesa, CA
Juried into the Holiday Small Works Show at Saga Fine Art, Dec. 2016, Monrovia, CA
Juried into the SOCALPAPA "Painting the Light" exhibit Nov. 5-19, Newport Beach, CA
Participating artist in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Oct. 8-9, 2016
Juried into the "Waterworks 2016" show at the Watertower Gallery in Mendocino, CA, July 1-31
Featured artist in the "Follow the Sun" show at the Crystal Cove State Park, July 30-31.
Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store April-June 2016, Crystal Cove, CA
Participating Artist in the March 18-20 “Reflections” Show at Crystal Cove State Park Gallery.
Juried into the “Romance of the Landscape” Show at Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach Feb. 1-March 7.
Participating artist in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Oct. 10-11, 2015
Commissioned to paint two paintings, one10 ft. x 3 ft and the second at 6 ft. x 30" for the newly remodeled Acute Care Center at Scripps Encinitas Hospital, September 2015
Participating artist in the Crystal Cove Show, "Fun in the Sun", July 10-12, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA
Featured Artist in the Crystal Cove Store, Laguna Beach, CA, July-Sept. 2015
Juried into “Coast to Coast” show by Laguna PAPA and held at Forest Ocean Gallery June 23-July13
Juried into “California Impressionism – Plein Air Painting Past & Present”, Huntington Beach Art Center from May 1-July 4. In conjunction with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Irvine Museum.
Juried into the "Celebrate San Diego" show at the La Jolla Art Assn. Gallery, June 14-28
Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI”, May 31, 2015.
Selected as a participant in "Painting the Light: Here,There and Everywhere" at Randy Higbee Gallery May 16-23.
Selected as participating artist in the Crystal Cove “In Bloom” art show, March 14-15
Feature article in the Catalina Island Yacht Club quarterly newsletter, “View from the Deck”, Jan/Feb, 2015
Selected as Artist of the Month on the Laguna Plein Air Painter's Assn. Website January 2015
Selected as a winning artist for the Fall 2014 International Online Exhibit for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society
Selected to participate in the annual 6x6 Show at Randy Higbee Gallery, Dec. 2014. Five of five pieces entered were chosen and one was awarded a cash prize out of only 22 prizes given out of 650 paintings.
One Man Show, Naples, CA, September 2014
Participating artist in the "Spot of Color" Show at Crystal Cove State Park July 18-20. My painting, "Finding a Spot" was featured on the front of the invitation and sold at the event.
Selected as an artist in the 11th Annual Telluride Plein Air event, Telluride, CO, June 2014
Selected as an artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2013, June 2014
Featured artist in an article on plein air painters in the June issue of Southwest Art Magazine
Featured Artist in the Crystal Cove Store, Laguna Beach, CA January-March 2014
December 2013. Juried into "Home", an art show benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Soldiers (IAVA) and Malaga Cove Library
October-December 2013, Featured Artist at the Crystal Cove Art Store, Crysal Cove, CA
October 12-13, Featured Artist at the Annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA
Sept. Honorable Mention in the American Icon 2013 Competition, sponsored by the Sausailito Art Festival
One Man Show, Naples, CA, July 2013
Featured in "Outdoor Painter" June, 2013
Selected as an artist in the 10th Annual Telluride Plein Air event, Telluride, CO, June 2013
Selected as an artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2013, June 2013
Participating in the 15th Annual Art Auction to benefit the Long Beach Museum of Art, May 2013
Selected as an artist in the annual Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. "Less is More" Show, May 2013
Participated in the "Springtime Magic" show in Crystal Cove, CA, March 15-16.
Selected as an artist in the annual Wells Fargo "Banking on Art" Show, Laguna Beach, Dec. 2012
Selected as an artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Store in Newport Beach in 2013
Selected as an artist in the California Art Club's "California Heritage" exhibit, Oct. 2012
Selected as an artist in the 9th Annual Telluride Plein Air event, Telluride, CO, June 2012
Selected as an artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2012, June 2012
Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association "Best of Plein Air" Show, June 2012
Selected as an artist in the 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA , May 2012
Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, "Less Is More" Show, April 2012
Selected as "Artist of the Month" on the Laguna Plein Air Painter's Assn. website, March 2012
Selected to participate in the 30th Annual La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA, March 2012
Juried into California Art Club's "Iconic California" Show, Altadena Country Club, January-May 2012
Second Place Award in the SOCALPAPA "Small is Beautiful" Show, Newport Beach. December, 2011
Juried into the annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, October 2011
Awarded "Best Coastal Scene" in the City of San Clemente's City Plan Art Competition, September 2011
Juried into California Art Club's "Magnificent Miniatures" Show, Pasadena, CA, December 2010
First Place Award in the SOCALPAPA Plein Air "Aquatics Show", Newport Beach, CA, November 2010
First Place Artist Choice Award in the Ninth Annual Idyllwild Plein Air Festival, June 2010
Long Beach Museum of Art selects "On the Mend" for special exhibit entitled, "Artists Explore Long Beach", Summer 2010
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts selects and sells at auction "Mailboxes etc" piece, February 2010
Dual Exhibition C.C. Gallagher Gallery, Avalon Catalina, CA , June-August 2009
First Place Award in the Catalina Island 50th Festival of the Arts Exhibition, September 2008
One Man Show, Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach CA, July 2008
One Man Show, Naples Long Beach, CA, July 2007
California Art Club (CAC)
Laguna Plein Air Painter's Association (LPAPA)
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS)
Southern California Plein Air Painter's Association (SOCALPAPA)