Born in Turnau, Austria, John spent his formative years living in Paris, where he was exposed to countless beautiful works of art and sculpture. From these early experiences touring the galleries and museums in Paris and Versailles , he developed an interest in the arts as a profession. During his military service in the U.S. Navy , he was assigned to the Seabees and shipped to the Antarctic in support of scientific research. Shortly after his return stateside, he began receiving his informal art training with a correspondence course from Famous Artist School then headed by Noman Rockwell, based in Westport, Connecticut. He later attended Paier College of Art in New Haven, CT., where his field of study included Book Illustration, advertising, photography and design. During his fourth year at Paier, John received an honorable mention in the DeBeer’s diamond Jewelry competition for men in NYC. Soon after graduation from art school, John began working as an Art Director for the NBC television station, Channel 6, in Waco, Texas, where he produced, directed, and hosted “The Art Corner”, his own on-air art segment to the station’s local noon news and entertainment show, as well as designing and building news-sets, wall-graphics, news story slides and displays for the station. During this time period, John also painted landscapes and still-lifes for the Texas Art Gallery in Dallas. For several years, he taught art classes at the Temple Cultural Activities Center and served as president for the Bell Fine Arts group in Belton, Texas, as well as working as a free-lance court-room sketch artist for TV news stations in the central Texas area.
He later moved to Connecticut and frequently commuted to New York City, where he worked illustrating books, designing and carving waxes for the jewelry industry, and restoring antique toys and collectables for many diverse galleries in upper Manhatten. He was the first place recipient in the Circa Da Vinci outdoor landscape painting competition in Westchester, NY for three consecutive years. He was Co-recipient of the New Jersey art Director’s Club award for two paintings in a ten painting series; Red Badge of Courage and Tale of Two Cities. He has received numerous awards in miniature paintings and special recognition for his depiction of historical-building paintings of Peoria, Arizona. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as Colliers, McMillan, Riverside Publishing, Dutton and Random House. He continues to create movie posters and take portrait commissions as well as creating woodcarvings and painting landscapes.
John’s many interests include Jewelry-making, custom furniture building, antique restoration, portrait-painting, music, and working in the video production/television business with Weecks Productionand LLC.
Hobbies : Cooking and playing the Steirische Harmonika (Bavarian style button accordion).