You may recognize many of my paintings from the TV. My painting "The Point" one of 4 on the set of Pittsburgh Today LIVE KDKA TV 2. for 5 years 2010-2015 Limited Editions of this and many others viewed on the set are available.
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. My first art exhibition was at the National Aviary's 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. I painted the pilgrims from around the world convening in prayer at the cross. Prints are available in my store.
I am blessed to have my art in homes and businesses in the United States and around the world, including Australia, Singapore, Japan,
Canada, Italy and Sweden.
Public places in the U.S. where Commissioned Originals are on permanent display and Prints of my artwork are available to purchase:
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 decorated the set of Pittsburgh Today Live, KDKA TV-2 show 2010-2015.
Pittsburgh Skyline, Black 'n Gold Pittsburgh & USA Flag on boxes by World's best Chocolate, Sarris Candies in Canonsburg, PA
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA original painting of the Aviary birds hangs in main hall
The Heinz Field original hangs in the office lobby at Heinz Field.
Fallingwater Museum Store
The Senator John Heinz History Center Museum Shop
Visit Pittsburgh, Downtown Pittsburgh & South Side Chamber of Commerce.
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, Enamel 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.
Pittsburgh art in private office and break room at Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's office.
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.This artwork is also on 50,000 FREE South Side Neighborhood Guides #15203 Stop by the South Side Chamber of Commerce office or my studio for your FREE copy! www.SouthSideChamber.org
Prints at Dave & Buster's at the Waterfont.
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Cafe Station Square eternity piece created by Wendell August Forge
Dormont Pool original for Friends of Dormont Pool
Sole Exhibition 20 Originals at Nemacolin Woodland Resort, Nemacolin Gallery July10-October 4th, 2016
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!"
I'd like to hear from you!
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!
No matter the subject, my work can always be described as lively, bold and colorful. The collection assembled for BOLD STROKESfor Nemacolin Galleryfocuses on nature, urban settings and the abstract.
Life, history and the natural world serve as my inspiration; as does my hometown of Pittsburgh.
Here, my family roots run deep and it's thrilling to live my life in a city that's big and small at the same time.
My medium of choice is Enamel paints mixed with sand from the Monongahela River. I discovered this unconventional mixture while using art as therapy during an arduous recuperation from surgery. These materials were easily available to me during that time.
I apply many layers of paint incorporating the sand directly on to the canvas using brushes and drips resulting in a unique texture with vibrancy and depth.
As I reflect on my life, it's my decade-long struggle with Ulcerative Colitis that impacted me most. through surgery, I was given a second chance. I found my path through art. I'm a believer in "giving back", using my art I've been able to work with numerous charities and fundraisers. My hope is when people view my paintings, they find a smile.