John is a resident of Longmont, Colorado. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1972 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and spent the next 17 years flying F-4 Phantoms with the Air Force. He is a licensed sailplane pilot.
"Not all of my work includes aircraft, but the view from above or in flight dominates. I find inspiration for my art in the field of aviation. Three things serve as primary motivators. The first is the appreciation of the wonderful forms forced upon high speed aircraft by the environment and the laws of physics. Although produced by the hands of men, the esthetic qualities are the results of nature's constraints. Next come the "contraptions" of early aviation. In the early days, all sorts of flying machines took to the skies (or tried to!). They were fanciful collections of canvas, wire, bamboo, and cotton. Many of them would not look out of place today, many were truly bizarre, all were fascinating. Last and perhaps most important is the ability to see our familiar world from an unfamiliar perspective. This is the stock-in-trade of both the artist and the aviator. "
John has been painting aviation subjects since the late sixties. He is an EAA Master Artist. He has attended seminars and critique sessions held by some of the world's most respected aviation artists. His work has won awards at national and regional shows including those of the ASAA and the EAA.
John's work can be found in galleries in North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and California as
well as Colorado. Private collectors from Norway, Britain, Germany, Japan and the U.S. are
among his clients and several of his murals can be found at Air Force bases in the
United States and Europe.
Three ASAA Founders Awards
Women in Aviation International, Best in Show
Three EAA Aviation Foundation - Par Excellence Awards