Even as a child, John had an obsession with paper and everything that could be done with it- lettering, painting, collage and even bookmaking. Although his degree is in Photography, his passion for paper arts lead him into a variety of different fields along the way including printing and design. In high school he began making journals from old books that he kept sketches, ideas, clippings, and his day-to-day adventures in which naturally led him into the altered arts- and three shelves of books! Along the way he picked up a few more “obsessions” including calligraphy, beading, and rubber-stamping. John attributes his passion for art to being a Seattle native and “needing something to do the 9 months of the year when it’s constantly raining.” When not teaching classes or creating in his studio, you’ll probably find John trying a new recipe in the kitchen that he found on Pinterest or enjoying the view of Mt. Rainier from his deck with his family- when there’s a break in the clouds!
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