I take great pride in being part of a brotherhood of men and women who are combat veterans. I am a disabled veteran of Desert Storm and Afghanistan, and have been medically retired since 2015. Creating art helps me to heal and feel closer to the master creator, God, when I create beautiful and inspirational work. Oil on canvas is my medium of choice because I enjoy the richness of color possibilities, and knowing that the paintings will last for hundreds of years. My painting, "Heart of the Patriot" is a self portrait, and reflects the love of country, and the pride that veterans feel whether they still wear the uniform officially, or have taken it off for the last time. After returning from Afghanistan in 2013 I retuned to Kendall College of Art and earned a B.F.A. in painting. After growing up in Western Michigan I recently moved to Florida were I am active in the art communities of Tampa and Saint Petersburg. I am also an art instructor at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay. My primary teaching locations are the Pinellas County Jail, and West Care substance abuse recovery program. My objective is to bring healing, wellness, and suicide prevention with art. This past year I have experienced the transformative power of art with people in the lowest time in their lives. This has inspired me to begin my current journey of becoming a certified art therapist.
John's ArtPrize Entries
These are John's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
John's Past Work
These are images of past work that John has done.