John Visser

My interest in art and painting, in particular, started fairly early with art classes taught by local artists. My eyes were opened to a whole new world and I was hooked. After highschool, I completed the Illustration program at Sheridan College. It was a three year program that included classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, design and illustration. After graduating, I worked as a freelance Illustrator and then moved into doing graphic design and pre-press production for the printing industry. Several years ago, I decided to focus more seriously on my painting and have been developing this career ever since. I now paint full time from my studio in Toronto. My passion for painting landscapes stems from a simple desire to evoke the sense of serenity and beauty that nature instills in me. Rural and wild places are cherished as they induce a meditative calm, a removal from the distractions of everyday life. What catches my interest is the unfolding drama of light and shadow in combination with the graphic, abstract qualities the landscape can possess. My inspiration comes from the timeless, enduring, yet ever changing qualities of the land. In my paintings, I attempt to express my sense of wonder at how changing light can transform the seemingly mundane into the extraordinary. My painting is above all an exercise in trying to look at the world with fresh eyes and, hopefully, a unique perspective.