John was born in New York City, but has lived in Southern California most of his life. He and his wife, Deborah, now live in Camarillo, California. His favorite activities are whatever they do together. Their son and his family also live in Camarillo.
John has worked in wood for over 40 years, and has produced furniture, 3D wood sculpture and other works, but finds his present work to be most satisfying.
John is an artist member of the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA. He is also an artist member of the Buenaventura Art Association in Ventura, CA, and a member of the Ventura County Arts Council.
I have been drawn my entire life to language and creation in wood, which my work combines. In it, I explore themes which deeply resonate for me, of mystery and wonder, nature, and ephemerality and change. My body of work as a whole is intended to convey a sense of peace and serenity. The individual pieces are intended as glimpses out of the corner of the eye fragments of perceptions on fragments of wood.
I call these pieces textured tablets, which are incised sculptural wall art made from hard maple wood, using a pointille method (engraved small dots). They are incised with words, figurative beings and decorative elements, intended to convey the themes which I am attempting to express.
During more than 40 years of working in wood in various genres, Iªve evolved these pieces, both content and medium, and the work is endlessly evolving. I find textured tablets particularly satisfying to create and to share.