I am passionately inspired about luminous light and shadow and the sensuous nature of objects and their relationships to each other elevated to a higher level. The goal of my work is to capture the moment of wonder in everyday objects that may reveal a story for the viewer. I choose my subjects very carefully for the magic of their texture, color, or graceful design. Whether it be a persimmon with leaves, a shell, antique glass, exotic orchids, some gourds or a pear, all are transformed in paint with many layers of glazes some in oil on canvas and some in watercolor on paper.
John studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and received his B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Pratt Institute, New York. Exhibiting throughout the United States over the past 40 years, John Arbuckle has works in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Kaiser Permanente, Lloyds of London, to name a few. He has also received numerous awards including Gold and Silver Art of California Discovery Awards.