Size: 10" x 12"
About the artist:
John Fawcett was born in 1952 and grew up in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Although his family lived in town, they kept horses
nearby. After his father challenged him to raise half the cost,
a ten year old Fawcett became the proud owner of a mare, Copper,
purchased for $150.00. In tandem with his passion for horses, was
a desire to draw and paint. "I was always really interested
in art and my parents were very supportive, but I didn't have any
formal art training. All through high school, college and vet school,
I did artwork for student newspapers and yearbooks, but I never
considered art for a career." Instead, he studied pre-veterinary
medicine at the University of New Hampshire and received his doctorate
at Iowa State University in 1978. After working for both an equine
and small animal veterinarian, he opened up his own veterinary practice
in 1980 in Pennsylvania where he practiced for the next 20 years.
As his practice grew to a total of 5 veterinarians, his passion
for art grew as well, and he sold his practice in 1996 to paint
full time and pursue his dream.
Fawcett started out painting mainly in watercolor
but has introduced oils to his repertoire. "It depends on the
subject matter and what medium I feel like painting with at the
time. There is a certain softness and fluidness with watercolors,
while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling."
Since taking the leap of faith to become an artist, he has been
invited to participate in some of the most prestigious Western art
shows in the country and has developed relationships with the top
Expressing gratitude for those who have helped his
career along the way, including western artist, Jim Bama and Ron
Riddick, John also gives several painting workshops a year to help
others. He has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art,
Western Horseman, Cowboys and Indians, The Equine Image, Informart,
and US Art magazines. He and his wife Elizabeth, their three Labrador
Retrievers, and four Quarter Horses divide their time between a
farm in southern Pennsylvania and a ranch in northern Colorado.