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John Blackwood Bio

John Blackwood began studying watercolor painting in January, 1998, with a class in watercolor at the Arkansas Arts Center museum school. He has continued his study there for several years working with Selma Blackburn in watercolor and, more recently drawing with Kevin Kresse. Watercolor is his primary medium with occasional works done in acrylic, collage or mixed media. He has exposed himself to a variety of techniques through workshops lead by nationally recognized watercolorists as well as by participating in local-area group art sessions.

John's formal education is in Music with a bachelor's degree in Theory and Composition from Baylor University. Following 1 years of teaching in the Dallas Public School System, he spent 25 years in "corporate America" in a data processing career that spanned positions from systems programmer to vice-president. Following an early retirement from "corporate life" and a move to Little Rock, Arkansas, John followed a long-time interest in the arts and watercolor and decided to try it - he discovered a true joy in painting. Now an award-winning artist, he has been selected several times by nationally-know watercolorists/jurors to exhibit in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists' Annual Exhibition in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has also exhibited in ArtWorks at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the juried MSW Winter Exhibition and various Little Rock galleries. His paintings are in private collections in Little Rock and throughout the country.

He is a member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc. and serves on their board. He is also a member of the Corps d' Art, a cooperative of Arkansas artists whose work is exhibited at the Arkansas Artists' Gallery in the Cox Building, 120 Commerce St., Little Rock, Arkansas.

Studies in workshops with nationally recognized artists include Judi Betts, Joan Rothermel, Milford Zornes, Nita Leland, Pat Deadman, Ken Hosmer, Hilary Page, Don Nice, Alex Powers and Mel Stabin.

From the artist:

There is a fairly wide diversity of subject matter in my paintings. Although I always paint the things that I find interesting, what I paint is occasionally less important to me than how I paint it. Watercolor is a wonderful medium that can be adventurous as well as humbling. The results of my efforts are often somewhat surprising to me if not downright startling. Art is an intriguing and continual learning experience that is hardly ever conquered but rather discovered, piece by piece, as we explore our medium in pursuit of expression of our bliss.

I use the finest grades of paint and paper in my work and I always prepare my paintings for hanging with the best materials. I believe that neither a frame nor a mat should detract from the image itself so, unless otherwise instructed, I use an off-white mat, Plexiglas and a simple frame when framing my works. With archival-quality supplies and preparation, a watercolor painting will last for generations.

Please feel free to send me your comments or questions. If you are interested in any particular subject matter or color combination for a commission, please contact me. Prices are available on request.

Contact Information:

John B Blackwood
12111 W. Markham, Ste. 14-164
Little Rock, AR 72211

Work Phone: (501) 219-8811
Home Phone: (501) 219-8811
Fax: (501) 219-8822
E-mail: jblackfish@aristotle.net

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