John Jaster | Artist Profile Photo
John Jaster
Kettering, Ohio
Artist John Jaster paints in a style he describes as realistic impressions, capturing colorful views of his adventures across the Americas. "People always ask me how I get such deep brilliant colors," says John. "The answer is layers. Since acrylic paint dries mostly transparent, it requires multiple layers of paint to build up to a specific color. With the right lighting that depth of layering is like sunshine glistening through clear water." In college, John felt a pull towards computer science and pursued a career in software architecture. Although the two paths may seem unrelated, John says his work in software strongly influences his artwork in terms of distilling complex systems without losing the magic and wonder. Today, John works from a large home studio with a fireplace, lots of natural light, and jazz playing in the background. Since 2010, John’s paintings have been displayed in over 90 juried exhibitions and published in leading art magazines and books.
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Artist Statement

I create realistic impressions of what Nature has already perfected. Using heavy body acrylics with lots of detail and bold colors, I interpret a thing, a car, a forest, a face, a farmhouse, using my own voice with only one rule: don't lose the magic.

I approach each new work with a concept, a learning goal, various reference images, and a color palette. My sketches are brief because I know the painting will change many times before completion. I usually paint from the inside out, starting with the main focal point. For instance, the eyes are the first thing I paint in my portraits. If I get them right, the rest will follow.

Artist Background

Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts


Southwest Art Magazine
"In living color" - A profile of John Jaster
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