October 2007 - John English
"Landscapes of New England from the mountains to the shore"

Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2007
2-4 p.m.
Music by Mary Beth Melton on harp and Brigitta Witteveen on recorder
Old Barn in Meadow (16"X20" Acrylic)


John English lives in Chelmsford, MA with his two children and works as a Product Manager in Bedford, MA. You can view more of John's artwork at http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1kf5k/

Artist Statement
About five years ago a divorce and then a corporate downsizing gave me some extra time to pick up a paint brush. I had always wanted to try painting but my career, family, and sports involvements kept me very busy and did not afford me the time for another hobby. Whether it is my therapy or just a hobby, I am really enjoying it and hope you do too. I started with the goal of trying to emulate the Impressionist style of my favorite artists, Monet and Van Gogh. But I soon realized that we each have to find our own style of painting. First learning how to mix the desired colors, discovering the right brush strokes, fmding the proper spacing of the subjects, then adding the light and shading, all
of the elements coming together to achieve a composition. Painting continues to be a learning experience every time I sit in front of a canvas and pick up a brush. I spend as many weekends as possible up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Hiking, skiing, canoeing, swimming and exploring the area has provided me with an abundance of subjects to paint. I particularly enjoy painting landscapes to try to capture the unspoiled beauty of this country. It is fascinating to watch the scenery go through its natural cycle of change from the bright, bountiful summer, to the colorful fall, to the snowy, barren winter, and fmally to the awful mud season from which hope springs eternal.