Size: 25"W x 14"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
Curator's Note: John's mastery of realism is evident. What you may not realize, however, is that even the painstaking detail of the man's wrinkles is achieved using watercolor, a notoriously loose, hard-to-control medium.
The Islander is an addition to the Irish Eyes Collection. An Irish Fisherman who has seen it all through a simple yet fulfilling life. Weathered by the North Atlantic climate, "An Islander" can be seen in his small thatch roof house along the cliffs in most villages all along the coasts of Ireland.
Having graduated with a Fine Arts Degree my career path in advertising and marketing took me to a point where I owned and managed two successful Agencies. However I left the business world in my 40's to attend to my family as sadly my wife, my daughter and father, were each suffering with terminal illnesses. After years of care these three beloved family members peacefully left this life. With such a huge void in my life it was my passion for art which saved me as I started to paint once more. I felt as though my hand was being guided - I was painting as though I had never stopped painting through all those years. Specializing in portrait commissions, I love to work in water color as it allow me the deep contrasts of light and shade which is the signature of my artistic style. I now work between Colorado, USA and Ireland, Europe.