Friday, November 3rd 2017 - Thursday, November 30th 2017
John C. Traynor - An American Impressionist
John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961. Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown. He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.
John spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, startingat the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.
Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows, in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities with galleries
Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.
John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, Hawaii and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings.
John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture. His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work. People are often reminded of moments in their life or memories of the past.
John is inspired by the nature he sees around him whether it is the flowers from his gardens, people in his life or the landscape outdoors. Traynor’s interpretation of his subject matter is influenced from artists of the past. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a richness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style.
Friday, December 1st 2017 - Saturday, January 6th 2018
“Imagine” is the newest exhibition at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art featuring renowned contemporary Impressionist oil painter Jeff Jamison. The show opens with an art reception on December 1st from 5 until 8pm. The artist will be in attendance to meet patrons. We invite you to escape into Jamison’s timeless realm of long-lost lovers as they reunite in dreamlike cities, cozily tucked beneath the glow of an umbrella. You might feel the urge to suddenly ride your bicycle along a sunny side street in Charleston, or your breath might catch at the sight of couples strolling in Central Park. All of this is normal, in fact, it is the provocation of the senses that Jamison seeks in his works.
Jamison imbues a combination of nostalgia and timelessness into his paintings through use of a contemporary style. This might seem paradoxical, and perhaps it is, but it is what makes his works so enigmatic. They are beautiful and mysterious, light and carefree and above all, they invite you to participate with your imagination. The cities Jamison features might appear to be New York or Paris, but look close! They are in fact the cities of his dreams— a mix of places he has been and places he wishes to go. Because of the ambiguity of people and places, Jamison's works offer something to everyone.
Born in 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison became interested in art at an early age. He began taking classes as a means of learning how to capture the light and shadows that held his constant attention. His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. In 1982, Jamison enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years, he graduated and was offered the position of Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this time, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami. His award-winning illustrations began to fill national publications, including magazines and novel covers.
Eventually deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His awards and honors include: Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Award of Excellence (2009); Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks Top 100 (2007); Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show Finalist (2007); Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters - Third Place, Honorable Mention, and Jury Top 50 (2004, judged by Pino); National Park Services “Arts for the Parks” Competition - Mini Top 100 (2004); National “Paint Christopher Columbus” contest – Winner (1994)
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is located in historic downtown Charleston at 58 Broad Street. 843-722-3660 The entire exhibition can be viewed online at www.ellarichardson.com.