“I often create digital paintings from my photography. Allowing the location or setting to guide my discovery.”
My body of work covers a wide range of topics, themes and places. The beauty of nature in its many forms, textures and colors are often a dominate subject in my work. Traveling has taken me to some extreme locations across the globe and I’ve been inspired by some of the most amazing landscapes. I would have to say, the rugged beauty of Iceland has got to be my favorite.
I’m a self-taught digital artist and fine art photographer. Over my 30 year career as a Landscape Architect, I was constantly searching for imagery to explain themes and ideas to my clients. So, I started taking pictures developing my eye and techniques. My photo library continues to grow to this day and now includes nighttime digital light painting techniques.
My fine art photography and digital paintings are printed on various types of archival papers as well as canvas, metal, glass and even wood.
Currently, I’m exploring a variety of new ideas in my art through the use of mixed media, found things and flowable paint art techniques.
Since 2015, John’s art works have been seen in over 30 group shows and 8 one man exhibitions in Central Florida. He received numerous awards for his Fine Art Photography, Digital Art and Flow Paint Art series. He has curated or produced over a dozen group exhibitions and individual artist shows. His project management skills were instrumental in the approval and installation of the first large mural painted in Historic Downtown City of Sanford FL. His art was selected and is now on display on utility boxes along First Street in Sanford as part of the City of Sanford’s Utility Wraps art project.
John is a Central Florida resident of over 34 years where he practiced Landscape Architecture and was one of the Principals of Foster Conant Associates in Orlando, Florida. He specialized in Zoological Park & Habitat design, Theme Park Attractions design & Hotel Resort design for such noted projects as Sea World’s Discovery Cove, Sea World’s Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa’s Edge of Africa, Disney’s 100 Years Of Magic and Ritz Carlton Amelia Island to name just a few.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico he attended Oklahoma State University and obtained degrees in Forestry & Wildlife Management as well as Landscape Architecture & Horticulture. John and his partner Mark Seppala, a retired Disney Artist moved from Downtown Orlando to join the Gallery On First in Sanford Florida around 8 years ago allowing them to become fully immersed in the local arts community.