enjoy painting things people can relate to," John Weiss says, "perhaps
because I can relate to them myself. They're familiar things, part
of an everyday life we can understand and enjoy." Weiss developed
this appreciation during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. His father
was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to
art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in
high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of
Andrew Wyeth's work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending
Kent State University.
college after two years to go into the landscape business, but he
returned to full-time painting within four years. "My work is essentially
self-taught," he maintains. "I study the work of artists I admire
and learn from their methods and techniques. I studied color theory
by referring to a color wheel and mixing paints. Experience is the
best teacher." Weiss persevered with his study and his dedication
has paid off. Today his paintings of dogs and of horses have an
avid and loyal following. "Word of mouth has resulted in my works
being sold all over the world," he says. "There was even one portrait
of a dog that was presented to Queen Elizabeth by Lady Barlow."
Weiss' work is exhibited regularly and he has won the "Cover of
the Year" award from the National Dog Writers Association.