John has been a gallery digital artist in Denver, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Carefree, AZ. He has had four solo exhibitions. Forty of his works are in the permanent collection of the Oklahoma Science Museum. A book of his photos is in the permanent collection of the Photographic Hall of Fame. As a digital artist, his goal is to create works that excite the imagination and are simply fun to see.
Brief Biography. As a young boy, John’s teachers recognized his artistic ability. However, life intervened. Sports, college, the military (Ranger qualified and awarded the bronze Star), graduate school (PhD in Social Psychology), and an academic career took precedence over art. As a distinguished Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University, he was internationally recognized for his scholarship as a consumer researcher and author. A few years prior to retirement, his boyhood interest in art reemerged, and he immersed himself in digital art.
The works on this website began with the question: "What would the sky look like if the earth were moved close to a galaxy or nebula?" To create my works, I begin with photos that I have taken of mountains, glaciers, canyons, hot springs, and even old missions. I then painstakingly combine them with high resolution photos of galaxies and nebulas taken by the Hubble telescope and available to the public. The result is surrealistic and dramatic, as the galaxy or nebula ignites the sky.
The images range in size from 11 x 14 inches to 3 feet by 4 feet. They are printed on archival papers or canvas using archival ink. They range in price from $250 to $2,800.
Credit for the Hubble telescope images goes to the Hubble Heritage Team, NASA, and STScl/Aura. Please consider going to the Hubble photos at the NASA web site. Do note, however, that I have heavily manipulated the images so that they blend with my landscape photographs.