Illustration

Design

Dragonstone Chronicles

Oil Paintings

Arches National Park

This is one of my favorite places to paint. The fins, cliffs, and arches create an infinite array of compositions. I love when the sun is low at dawn and dusk. This deepens the hues within the rocks and draws out the form with dramatic shadows.

Canyonlands National Park

I have been riding the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands on my bicycle for fifteen years. I feel as if my soul is part of these red rock formations and someday my ashes will be.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks

These are additional places that inspire me and my paintings. The color palette is different from the desert and allows for many different moods and compositions.

Plein Air Painting

I love to get out and paint from nature. Every camping trip is a business trip for me as I am always seeing the world in flat shapes and pieces of paint.

Student Work

The Creative Process

John's Studio

I work in a studio set up at my home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I like to have many paintings and drawing projects going at the same time. This allows me to step away from one for a while and then come back with fresh eyes. I tend to overwork areas if I do not force myself to take a break from one piece and focus on another for a time.

I enjoy having a studio at home so I can be around when my kids come home from school. They pop into my studio and often have good ideas for my projects. Their fresh perspective is sometimes just the thing for a new idea or troubled composition.

Studio Assistant

I often receive help and useful critiques from my five year old daughter, Isla, who was named after Island in the Sky in Canyonlands. She spends mornings in my studio working on her projects or watching PBS before going to school in the afternoons.

Underpainting

For my studio paintings I begin with a drawing and underpainting of the composition followed by thicker colors and then layers of glazing. I like working on larger canvases. I think the larger format captures the grandure of nature in a more dramatic way. In the future I can see going even bigger in my work.

This method of working has also affected by digital productions where I often have hundreds of layers of colors, media, lines, and value to produce the look and feel of my final work.

Research

Of course I get out for as much on site research as possible:)

Artist Statement

I believe visual art is the ultimate form of communication. To take abstract lines, symbols, and values and transform them into work that touches our emotions and tells us a good story is what being human is all about. Illustration abounds in every aspect of business, entertainment, and visual communication. A good illustrator is a good business person, a good presenter, a good communicator. In a world dominated by visual media, illustration and visual communication should be required coursework for all. It is equally important to be literate in visual communication as it is in written language and public speaking.

In my fine art, I seem to be irresistably drawn to the light, hues, and shapes of the red rock deserts of southern Utah. The eroded forms are sculptural and timeless. When I am in the presence of such places, I am forced to see the world from the earth's timeline and not my puny human one. I realize that I am only a small blip and I always feel small when I am in their presence. The landscape will endure and continue its slow and beautiful transformation long after we humans have passed away.

Each artwork I create is a journey for me, one that I hope passes on to the viewer when they see my work.

About

Education

John has three degrees in the Arts. He received an AAS from Ricks College, a BFA from the Lyme Academy in Painting, and an MFA from the University of Michigan in Medical Illustration. In addition John has studied anatomy at Yale Medical School and the University of Connecticut.

Biography

John has artwork in collections across the United States and in a New England Museum. John was a professor of Art and Computer Art at Rowan University. He has also started several business ventures in technology, design, and marketing. He has illustrated the Prince Valiant comic strip, many medical proceedures, books, concepts, covers, posters, and ideas. He has presented on creativity and entrepreneurship in presentations around the country as well at at TED. He is a creative thinker and problem solver. He loves to teach and has taught art and other subjects at every level from first grade to graduate school.

Contact

contact_john@johnhart.net

 
Address:
2795 Surrey Lane
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
United States