John is an emotional colorist of Nelson,
B.C. His impressionistic paintings are therapeutic and joyous:
inspired by natural forms around us. The use of bold colors
and expressive movement are a clear reflection of his lively,
For four decades John has researched the
renaissance and modern masters to develop his personal artistic
style. This has included formal studies as a Painting major
at Phillips University and the University of Washington.
He completed his MFA in 1965 under the supervision of Professor
Spencer A. Moseley ( a student of Ferdinand Leger).
John has had 25 years of exhibitions throughout
North America. He says " I am painting directly from nature,
inside and outside the studio. I focus on the energy, the
feeling, and the experience of the subject." John has taught
course of self study, self discovery and realization. Course
options have been as diverse as Landscape, Color, Figure
Painting and Drawing, and Collage. He also says, " Potentially
when you paint, you record your courage and your fear, your
understanding and your lack of understanding, you express
who you are and begin to realize your becoming. Energy is
an investment. Energy is what making art is about. I want
to teach art that goes beyond technique and into the magic.
We human are caged spirits from deep in time."
Return to the Island of Eyes
"Journey to Dodoland" Copyright and TM
1977. Della Burford, Dodoland in Cyberspace 1995-2017 Della Burford and Dale Bertrand.