Creation. I.E. Something from nothing, or something from a collection of raw materials that simply “becomes”. Simply put, I love creating.
I find inspiration in found objects, technology and nature. Whether working in contemporary abstract sculpture, furniture or purposeful decor I constantly search for inspiration to incorporate into my work, often trying to make a direct reference to the inspiration in the finished work. My sculpture often includes the use of linear planes to create depth and three-dimensional space.
Throughout my artistic journey, I have found recurring themes that continue to evolve in my work. Inter-dimensionality, abstraction of nature and reflections on myth and faith.
It is very important that all my creations re-use and re-claim raw materials where possible, which I feel is part of the creative challenge of my work, incorporating current and past technology into the creation.
John was born in rural Indiana, and was raised by depression era parents, who valued simplicity and function, something he tries to continue to value today. As a young man John began his artwork in photography. He was lucky enough to have a mentor early in his life, who taught him to: “Focus on what appeals to your eye. If you do this, your focus will result in an appealing image to the end viewer.” John has travelled the world, but mostly Asia and the Pacific.
John greatly attributes his outlook on life to this period. By traveling through varying cultures and socio-economic conditions he realized that beauty was not limited to any one culture, geography or religion, and that similarities occur throughout the world. He settled in Hawaii for a time before moving to Denver. It was in Hawaii that John happened upon renowned theologian and lecturer Joseph Campbell who has been a tremendous influence in John’s own faith and in turn, his work.
John moved to Colorado in 1989, where he feels he will finish out his life. John currently resides in Granby, CO, with his wife and his two faithful shop dogs, Dreyko and Chloe