Size: 7" x 7"
painting things people can relate to," John Weiss says, "perhaps
because I can relate to them myself. They're familiar things, part
of an everyday life we can understand and enjoy." Weiss developed
this appreciation during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. His father
was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to
art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in
high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of
Andrew Wyeth's work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending
Kent State University.
left college after two years to go into the landscape business,
but he returned to full-time painting within four years. "My work
is essentially self-taught," he maintains. "I study the work of
artists I admire and learn from their methods and techniques. I
studied color theory by referring to a color wheel and mixing paints.
Experience is the best teacher." Weiss persevered with his study
and his dedication has paid off. Today his paintings of dogs and
of horses have an avid and loyal following. "Word of mouth has resulted
in my works being sold all over the world," he says. "There was
even one portrait of a dog that was presented to Queen Elizabeth
by Lady Barlow."