DescriptionIn two of my previous experiences as a teacher, I taught International Baccalaureate Visual Arts at the diploma level (http://ibo.org/). One particular -- and very interesting -- training I attended for this was at The United World College of the American West in New Mexico. This painting, New Mexico Landscape 1, started as some photographs I took there. Once back in Pennsylvania, I make some sketches, photocopied my final sketch, and experimented with color and texture using the photocopies. I used my final sketch, two of the photos, and the pencil contour drawing I had photocopied as references while painting.As with many of my paintings, New Mexico Landscape 1 features a stylized subject, with a strong, Fauvist use of bold color. Stylization, allure, composition, and design are a major part of my paintings. Major influences on my work include Andre Derain, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Tom Wesselmann, Vincent Van Gogh, Ryu Young Do, Geoffrey Humphries, John Piper, John Sidman, Pablo Picasso, and Gustav Klimt. New Mexico Landscape 1 in its original is an acrylic painting on canvas 42 inches x 29 inches.
John Weller, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylavnia 16648, USA Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement I was raised and educated in central Pennsylvania. For 13 of the past 17 years I have been an art teacher in Virginia, Minnesota, Holland, Egypt, China, Korea, and The Philippines, with student teaching in Pennsylvania and England and some additional study in Italy. I am primarily a painter, though I also have done significant work with photography and pottery as well as traditional Asian literati painting, which I studied formally in both China and Korea. I have a recent interest in batik.
I can be reached by email at email@example.com, and my online portfolio and teaching portfolio are located at http://weller.keyconn.net/1 .
As a painter, major influences on my work include Andre Derain, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Tom Wesselmann, Vincent Van Gogh, Ryu Young Do (especially his work from the 1990s), Geoffrey Humphries, John Piper, John Sidman, Pablo Picasso, and Gustav Klimt.