My painting "The Point" one of 4 on the new set of Pittsburgh Today LIVE KDKA TV 2. It airs weekdays 9AM-10AM! Limited Edition PRINTS of this and many others viewed on the set are available. Watch for smaller seasonal paintings that I create for the interview & kitchen sets.
I was born in Munhall, PA and grew up in Dormont. I am proud to be a Pittsburgher, having lived here my entire life. I paint full time and sell my art from my studio perched on top of the historic South Side Slopes.
Beginning at the age of 13, and after 10 years of suffering with ulcerative colitis I had life saving surgery and now wear a permanent ileostomy. I will never forget my Mom at my bedside and the priest administering last rights. My will to survive and to do something meaningful with my life was what motivated me to get well. While recuperating from surgery I studied art, many of the old masters who inspired me to begin painting as a form of therapy. I started selling my art, my first public art exhibit at the Pittsburgh Aviary Wings & Wildlife Show in 1988. The demand for my work grew and continues to this day.
I create each painting by mixing enamels and Mon sand, giving my artwork an unusual texture. Sand from client's collections is often incorporated into their commissioned pieces.The fascinating people I meet, current events and life experiences inspire me. One of my most inspiring commissions sent me to Megjugorje, Yugoslavia in 1990. The challenge was to transfer onto canvas my feelings of the little village where there have been reported sightings of the Blessed Mother.
Many of my paintings can be purchased as PRINTS on the SHOP FOR ART page.
Public places where some of my Originals are on permanent display:
5 of my prints are part of the Pittsburgh Collection at the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (Heinz Field, Steeler Sunday, Terry Bradshaw, Three Rivers Stadium & The Chief)
The Point, Garlic & Fish, Tomatoes & seasonal originals decorate the set of Pittsburgh Today Live, KDKA TV-2 show.
Pittsburgh Skyline on boxes by World's best Chocolate, Sarris Candies in Canonsburg, PA
The Heinz Field original hangs in the office lobby at Heinz Field.
The Senator John Heinz History Center Museum Shop
Original Adam Taliaferro-Miracle in the Making painting in the Sports Museum at Penn State.
Hollyhocks print was on the set of NBC's Will & Grace finale May 2006.
Former President George H.W.Bush Sr.41st President of the USA discovered my art and contacted the studio to commission a portrait. Created with enamels, Rust-O-leum and South Side sand! My painting of President George H.W.Bush Sr. hangs at The George Bush Presidential Library & Museum at Texas A&M.
Original of Jim "Soupy" Campbell commissioned by 1963 football team at US Naval Academy. Original of Carnegie Library of Homestead hangs at that library.
Originals of Roberto Clemente and 3:36 (painting of the winning home run hit 1960 World Series) are both on exhibit and at the Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville, PA.
Eat n' Park Restaurants exhibit the Heinz Field prints at 20 locations
Colors of carson Street commissioned by The South Side Local Development Co.
Prints at Dave & Buster's at the Waterfont.
"For many years I have been involved with many local and national charities raising much needed funds.
It is important for me to "give back". My art enables me to help others in a unique way.
I simply didn't plan any of this, all I had was the will to live, to do well and help others.
I am so very grateful for this fantastic ride!"
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Johno and Mr. Dan Rooney at Heinz Field where Johno's painting found a permanant home in the office lobby.
Johno with friends after moving the trolly front into place. Now the restoration can begin!