About

Plein Air painting has been the main source of inspiration for all his artwork. Whether the subject matter has been in the streets or in the countryside, he is always seeking the atmosphere of the location. Whether he paints in North America or Europe, or closer to home, he always seeks to leave the viewer with a sense of place. Witnessing nature first hand, and working right there, gives him a certain freedom to paint without any pre-conceived notions. In this way he is not bound by the formulas that can easily creep into one’s work.

John is drawn to capturing a particular light or atmosphere. An overcast or sunny day, the changing light effects, the the sound of the ocean spray against rock or the quiet waters of a lake or river, keep him motivated. In his own way, John hopes to continue the tradition of making the viewer look again at what might be an ordinary scene, transformed through light and atmosphere. 

 

John's work is in collections in North America and Europe, including the following:

Larry O’Brien, former Mayor Ottawa 2010

Joel Haslam, Producer ‘Regional Contact’, CTV Ottawa

Paul Celucci, former US Ambassador to Canada

Rideau Downtown Development, Ottawa

Reproduction Prints of paintings for Fairmount “Chateau Laurier” Hotel, Ottawa.

Dr. Pierre, Juery, Ottawa

Private Collections in USA, Canada, Germany and UK

Springfield Art Museum, Missouri, (Paintings permanent collection)

 

Elected Membership

  • Elected member Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
  • Elected member of the Society of Ontario Artists (OSA)

Television

Set of “ Butch Patterson, Private Dick” The Comedy Channel ( paintings )

“Breakfast at the New RO”, Rothwell Gallery feature on gallery artists

Set of “H20 ” Paul Gross production, CBC ( paintings)

“A Channel” Morning Show, Ottawa

“Regional Contact”, CTV, Ottawa 

CBC TV “Canada AM” National Morning Show

CTV CJOH Evening News

 

Donations

Pierre Belvedere Cards, Montreal “Canadian Artists Collection”

(Cards available across various chain stores in Canada)

Portage Mutual, Winnipeg, Calendars

Causeway Foundation, ( charity) Christmas Cards

“Friends of Gatineau Park”, National Capital region. (Painting )donation.

Friends of AY. Jackson Memorial Park, Manotick, Ontario, charity auction (painting)

National Arts Centre, Ottawa, charity auction (painting)

Opera Lyra, Ottawa (painting)

MISSA, Summer School, BC painting donation for fundraiser

 

Awards

‘1st Place’ for Plein Air for :

‘1st. Great Canadian Paint-Out,’ Ottawa 2011

‘2nd place’ for Plein Air event: 

Rideau Downtown Development, Ottawa, 2010

 

Selected Exhibitions

OSA Continuum Show, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto (juried)

Ottawa School Art, Instructors show, Ottawa, (juried) 2012

Tay River Gallery, Ottawa, (solo show) 2012

OSA 140th Anniversary Exhibition,Toronto (juried) 2012

OSA New Members Show John B.Aird Gallery Toronto 2012

Tay River Gallery various group shows

Instructors Show, Ottawa School Art Shenkman Art Centre 

OSA Show Papermill Gallery Toronto

McMichael Art Show & Sale Kleinburg, Ont.

Galerie Old Chelsea, Quebec, (solo show)

Arts & Letters Club Toronto (juried group shows)

National Capital Fine Arts Festival, 

1998,1999,2000,2001,2003,2004,2005, 2007

Elmwood Art Festival, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003

Merrickville Art Festival, 2002, 2003

Judith Moore Gallery, Merrickville

Dandelion Tour, Westport, Ontario, ( guest artist )

Selected Exhibitions 2009-1995

Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans (group show)

The Lodge, Amherst Island, Ontario

Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto

Rothwell Gallery ( solo shows 03,04,05,06,07,08 )

Rothwell Gallery (gallery artists group show)

Tay River Gallery (gallery artists group shows) 

Epoque Gallery ( solo shows )

Moth Gallery ( solo shows)

Tay River Gallery, Perth, Ont. ( solo shows )

VACO Gallery, Orleans, Ont. ( group show)

Galerie, Epoque, Aylmer, Que. ( solo show)

Walkerworks Picture Framing, Perth, Ontario (four artist show)

Pegasus Gallery, Saltspring Island, B.C.

Art Rental and Sales, Winnipeg Art Gallery ( juried)  

Artguise Gallery, Ottawa Ont. ( solo show )

Ottawa Civic Hospital, Showcase Gallery