John Pototschnik (Poe-toe-sh-nick) was born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England but grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He received his art training at Wichita State University in advertising design, followed by instruction in illustration and design at Art Center College in Los Angeles. Most recently he has studied human anatomy at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
In 1982, Pototschnik began painting professionally in the fine arts. Prior to that, he worked as a freelance illustrator for ten years with many of Dallas’ major advertising agencies and companies.
Since beginning his fine art career, Pototschnik has become a popular speaker and juror among art organizations. His paintings are in many private and public collections nationally.
He has been honored with four George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the John Steven Jones Fellowship, plus many other regional and national awards. He is recognized in “Who’s Who in American Art” and “Who’s Who in the Southwest”. His work has appeared in First, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist, PleinAir Magazine, American Art Collector and International Artist, plus seven books…The Best of Portrait Painting, 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, and Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape, 100 Ways to Paint Landscapes, 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens, 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes, and Art Journey America Landscapes.
He is an Art Renewal Center Living Master, a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America and a Master Signature Emeritus member of the Outdoor Painters Society.
I’m a landscape painter because God has graced me with the ability, desire, and motivation to pursue it as a career path. It is not who I am but what I do for a living.
Painting is my way of communicating to the world the beauty of God’s creation and man’s place in it.
I am motivated to create paintings of the America we all love…an America that loves, honors and obeys our Creator; an America that honors the family as the bedrock of our culture; an America in which there is peace and safety; an America in which love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, compassion, selflessness, integrity, and hard work are not just words, but are a true expression of who we are as a people.