John De Leon
Plein Air painting and Alla Prima portraiture
Art is life, life is art. This statement has always rung true for me. Ever since I can remember I have always loved art. In a way Art has saved my life. Living in San Antonio I have seen the city change so much. I have realized that the city that I grew up is in many ways not the same city it is today. for this reason I have dedicated much of my painting time to trying to capture some of the places before they are gone.I have also dedicated much of my time to learning and improving my skills as a figurative artist. If art is a form of communication, then the human figure is the best way to communicate a visual message. Through portraits and figurative paintings I practice capturing a person's essence, and in my narrative works I use this experience to communicate a deeper emotive message.
Q & A
Where are you from, originally?
When did you first decide you were going to be an artist?
I remember being a child somewhere between 6 and 10 seeing books with old paintings. It was when I saw the paintings of the Sistine Chapel in particular I remember deciding that I wanted to be and artist and learn to paint as beautifully as that.
What do you like best about having a studio at the Millworks?
Working at the Millworks is what going to the office should be like. You come to work. You may run into friends and talk around the water cooler, but we are all here to do what we love to do best.