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Biography

  Artist John Potter was raised in the Upper Great Lakes country – on and off the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin – where he grew up with an abiding love for the Natural World in the forests of the Great Northwoods.

   Drawn to the Arts from childhood, he went on to graduate from Utah State University, earning Degrees in Painting and Illustration. He then spent twenty years as an award-winning illustrator before committing his attention to painting full time in 2002.

  Of his work, he says: “Painting for me is a form of communication with our Creator, and of gratitude as well; for the life and beauty brought forth on this Earth, especially in our remaining wild places. Because of this, I feel a sense of responsibility for the privilege of painting, for the gift of the craft. Many painters are out there trying to be heard - I paint to listen.” 

 He often paints en plein air, bringing his small outdoor studies home, where they are then used as reference to create his larger studio works. Working directly from Nature, he firmly believes in the all-pervading Divinity found in the Natural World, and is always striving for an honest expression of light and color. John spends many hours in the field, observing and studying light, mood, atmosphere, the land and sky. He carries paints and a sketchbook whenever possible, travelling extensively – but his favorite subjects remain the rugged mountain scenery of the American West.

  He says, “When I step outside to paint, my intent is to observe and to borrow from Nature, in order to orchestrate a moment of light, color, and my own emotional and intellectual responses to these on canvas. My hope is that the viewer may see the world through my eyes for a moment, and gain an appreciation for the quiet dignity to be found in the Wild, and hopefully, then, share a desire to help preserve this good Earth that belongs to us all, and to our children’s children.

 Potter is represented by Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, WY; Sedona, AZ; Park City, UT; Santa Fe, NM; and also by Legacy Gallery, Bozeman, MT.

  John is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), the Putney Painters, and a Signature Member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP).

  Potter has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, and his work hangs in private collections across the country and around the world.

  John maintains his home and studio in Red Lodge, Montana.

 

  Events and Awards History

 

-              Guest Artist, Native American Arts Council Exhibit,
     Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR - 2003

-          Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Exhibition - 2004

-          Western Visions Miniatures and More Show (now the “Wild 100”), National Museum of Wildlife
      Art, Jackson,   WY, 2004 –

-          OPA Regional Exhibition - 2004

-          Featured artist, Award of Excellence, RMPAP National Exhibition, Jackson, WY - 2005

-          Mural project (two murals), Montana Historical Society Museum, Helena, MT, 2005-2006

-          Director’s Choice Award, RMPAP - 2006

-          Award of Excellence, RMPAP National Exhibition, Winter Park, CO - 2006

-          Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw Artist, Jackson, WY, 2003 –

-          Artist in Residence, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY - 2007

-          Robert Kuhn Award, (best submission in artists’ sketches), Western Visions Miniatures and More
      Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY - 2008

-          Two-person exhibit, Abbe Museum of Native American Culture and Heritage, Bar Harbor,
       ME - 2009

-          Salmagundi Artist Members Summer Exhibition, New York City, NY - 2009

-          Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, Salina, KS - 2009

-          Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Bellvue, CO - 2009, ’10, ‘11

-          Legacy Award (Museum Purchase), Western Rendezvous of Art, Northwest Rendezvous Group
      Show, Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT, 2010

      Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Cody, WY, 2010

 

Contact information:

       John Potter

       John Potter Studio, LLC

       “Painting the Quiet Dignity of the Natural World”

       PO BOX 1465

       1011 S. McGillen Ave.

       Red Lodge, MT  59068

Phone: 406-425-4262 (mobile)

Website: www.johnpotterstudio.com

Email: jpotterpainter@gmail.com

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