Profile: John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik

Oil Painting by John Pototschnik
Peace in the Valley                    30 x 30"                       Oil

"I enjoy depicting simple, common, everyday life and its objects as things of beauty and worth. I intend to show the dignity and value of the subjects I paint - just as my artistic influences have. Through continued hard work I want to give to society paintings that transcend the culture and its ever changing tastes. . .
paintings that speak to the heart."

   John Pototschnik (Poe-toe-sh-nick) has traveled the artist's road as an illustrator and designer, speaker, juror and fine artist. The skills he refined in his early design and illustration career have provided a solid foundation upon which he has built his reputation as an accomplished landscape artist.

Oil Painting by John Pototschnik
Our Precious Land                                 20 x 40"                                    Oil

  He did not come to art from early exposure to it or a family background of artists. In fact, he considered business or accounting as his possible career choices when beginning college. He tells this story of a moment that changed his pathway and directed him toward a creative life.     

   One of my business classes was a salesmanship class. The class and instruction so turned me off, I went to my school counselor seeking advice. I was given a “like/dislike test”. One question I distinctly remember, actually kind of a life changing question…”What would you rather be, a chicken farmer, or someone that works behind a desk?” My answer of course was, “Chicken farmer”. After reviewing all my answers, the counselor wisely pointed out that I needed to be working with my hands, as in making things. That’s when I signed up for art classes, printing, woodworking, metal working, etc. It’s then that I discovered I really liked to draw and made the decision to become an art major.

   John continues to tell us more about his develoment as an illustrator and fine artist, along with his inspirations and the most important lesson he has learned about painting.
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