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Artist Doreen St. John


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Biography


Doreen St.John's paintings demonstrate her love of the natural environment: “I'm inspired by the way light and color influence what we see and feel...not only in the landscape but also in the human form.  My work is really about Relationship in the deepest sense of the word....relationships between shapes, light/shadow, and between the viewer and the artist, scene, or subject.  The words of Li Po, an 8th Century Chinese Philosopher, echo my own sentiments...
 
“I would not paint a face, a rock, nor brooks, nor trees,
Mere semblances of things...but something more than these. 
That art is best which to the soul’s range gives no bound.
Something besides the form, Something beyond the sound.”  
 
Since the early 1980's, St.John exhibited her work in juried outdoor art shows, was represented in several galleries in Ohio, conducted workshops, and won numerous awards, including “Best in Show” for her watercolor and mixed media paintings, at the same raising her two children and working full time as an educator.  After several years away from painting to pursue a Master’s degree, she joined the Ohio Plein Air Society in 2005 and started painting again, inspired by her love of nature and painting outdoors.  In 2010, St.John retired from her education career and was able to devote more time to her art, concentrating on works in oil and, more recently, pastel.  Her frequent travels in the United States and abroad provide a wealth of inspiration for her plein air and studio works, as well as painting the figure and portraits from life as time permits.  Since 2015, St. John has achieved Signature status with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the Pastel Society of America, a remarkable achievement.  She is a Board Member and Secretary of the American Impressionist Society and formerly served as an officer and [...]

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