John DuVal started drawing at a young age, eventually studying Figure Drawing at Rutgers University. However, his painting career started with a trip to Florence, Italy – where he studied oil painting with a local artist for several months. This was the first time he picked up a brush, and he’s been hooked ever since.
He creates with the philosophy that a painting is an illusion, meant to evoke feeling. He’s constantly experimenting and pushing his ideas of landscape and figurative art. For him, painting is about conveying energy and spontaneity. To keep his work fresh, John often enjoys painting plein air – outside, direct from the subject.