Portrait of Artist John Brennan
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
John Brennan finds new challenges in painting the nuances of nature. He feels it is extremely rewarding when he can successfully breathe life into his work.
He believes that every aspect counts and he tries his best to capture the details in each painting. He plans his work carefully and spends time thinking about composition, form and color, so that each image sparks a feeling or memory in the viewer so they might relate it to their own experience.
John feels that each artist’s work is unique, even when influenced or inspired by others. He says his work is an amalgamation of all his life experiences, which formed the lens through which he views the world.
John is proud of the fact that each piece he creates seems to be a stepping stone to the next and that he can take previous mistakes as well as successes and apply those lessons to his next piece. He is happy that his work’s evolution and momentum hasn’t slowed down nor plateaued and that he continues to grow as an artist.
John said he started drawing and painting as a child when he was growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. “Being surrounded by art and nature has greatly influenced and inspired me to become an artist. I was always encouraged to explore nature and take in my surroundings, and that has allowed me to see the world with an artist’s eye.”
John says he has had no formal training, but he’d become friends and painted with several artists who have inspired him. His most influential mentor, John says, is Ernest C. Simmons, a wildlife artist from Dunedin. Please see Vista Galleries’ blog on Ernie from December 4, 2014. John became friends with Ernie when he was starting college and Ernie invited him to paint with him in his studio, which John did off and on for more than four years. He says, “The kind of education I received from painting with him is far superior to anything I could have learned in art school.”
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