About the Artist


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About the Artist

House Portraits

San Luis Obispo County Buildings





     An eye for light and shadow is what makes John Goodell's watercolors distinctive.  Concentrating primarily on buildings, homes and flowers with an accent on the traditional, he has created a style that is uniquely his.

Raised by a mother who painted in both watercolor and oil, John is a California artist who discovered in mid-life that he, too, loved painting.  He studied with nationally-known artists Tim Clark, Joy Thomas, and Barbara Preston.  Taking a break from his career in mathematics, he moved to Kentucky where he honed the drawing and painting skills he'd learned in Southern California by painting local scenes.  Each year he returned to California to capture more images that would inspire his paintings back in his Kentucky studio.

In Kentucky, he joined the local art guild where he exhibited his art and assisted the gallery director in hanging shows, eventually becoming the guild's gallery director.  His work caught the attention of jurors who often awarded his work, of local restaurant owners who asked him to exhibit, and of private collectors.  The Murray Sesquicentennial Committee chose his watercolor, "Wars, Heroes and Hope on an Autumn Morn" for their poster commemorating the 150th anniversary of the town.  In 2004 Murray State University purchased two paintings that showcased the campus's oldest buildings for their collection.  His paintings hang in private collections in Kentucky, Florida, California and at Kentucky's Murray State University and at Pella Inc. Murray, Kentucky.  John is also a past exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Returning to California's central coast where he had once attended college and met his wife, Ginger, he now finds inspiration in the beauty of the local scenes that surround him.

John was featured in the Central Coast Living section of The Tribune in San Luis Obispo on
Sunday, February 26, 2012.  To see the article, click the following link. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/02/27/1965214/portfolio-building.html#storylink=misearch