Artist John Skrabalak

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My Arrival
     I am a retired high school art educator, having taught for 36 years at the Altoona Area High School in Pennsylvania.  I was very dedicated to my teaching career, which resulted in my involvement in various capacities with the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.*  I was never able to work on the second part of my vocational journey--becoming a professional artist (a painter), until my retirement.  Teaching watercolor painting for 35 years kept my passion for painting alive.  Which brings me to where I am now.
     I have been taking painting workshops to keep current with all the new painting materials and processes.  I have painted in both acrylics and watercolor and have taken coursework in it, both in my undergrad and graduate degrees.  Several years ago, I took workshops in encaustic and recently took a workshop in oil and cold wax painting.  Encaustic and cold wax painting are exciting processes that relate so well to my painting philosophy and style.  I learn something new every time I work with these 2 magical medias.                                  
    My muse is the Hudson River Valley.  This is where I make an annual retreat just to paint.....                               
Workshop Painting Presenters I've Taken:  Gerald Brommer, Karen Rosasco, Robert Burridge, Pat Dews, Lorraine Glessner and Linda Benton McCloskey
Famous Artist Influences:  Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Aldrich and all Abstract Expressionists.
*I have included my Art Educator Resume in this web site. 
     The need to share my excitement and my vision is paramount as to why, how, and what I paint.  Painting charges my inner spirit.  It's a catalyst.  Hours pass away when I am in the painting zone.  I absolutely love to paint.  I've painted with acrylics and watercolors for years.  My training and college study concentrated on these two medias.  It has [...]

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