I began painting in 1977 and have progressed to this day in the study of art and its history.
Studied art at Columbus College, Columbus Ga. In the late 70’s to early 80’s graduating in 1982 with
A BFA in Fine Art specializing in painting and minor in art history.
After graduating I worked in the field of art through various occupations, illustrator, graphic designer, antique frame conservator, fine art advisor and continued to pursue fine art as a career throughout the 80’s establishing in 1988 my own DBA business known as John Shelton American Art.
From the early 90’s to the present I continued the pursuit of my art and painting career studying art through the experience of paintings of the past mostly 19th and early 20th century, early realism, Barbizon, Impressionism, both American and European. I learned through the trade how to sell fine works of art to investors and collectors, helping art lovers to build collections from these periods.
This experience enabled me to observe how artist of these periods created their works. This had a great influence on my painting development.
When I was a child, I had an inquisitive and passionate interest in nature. I loved observing animals, insects interact with the environment. I enjoyed seeing water meander around and over rocks and in college, I studied geology and learned how rocks were bent and twisted by the forces of nature. This later found its way into my paintings, of all periods of my artist expression.