John Cranswick was born in Vancouver, raised in Burnaby, and has resided in Surrey for the past 40 years. He is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.
John retired from the graphics industry in 2012, where he was a Senior Account Executive for one of the largest graphics providers in North America handling many of Vancouver’s larger corporate accounts; design and / or managing production of promotions and trade show exhibits.
Despite a lifelong interest in the visual arts and a career in the graphic arts industry, he did not start painting until 1986. This desire came when the graphics industry started the evolution from hand crafted and screen printed images to computer generated and digitally printed images. At that time John chose to continue with his personal development of the hands-on techniques of drawing and painting.
John is a self taught painter who now works mainly in acrylics, after many years working in watercolour and graphite. Although his paintings remain realistic, he takes an artist’s liberties of exaggerating the light, often painting his smaller birds to a larger than normal scale, over emphasizing current accent colors, creating abstract backgrounds and may even be hiding names and numbers in some of his pieces. John does not consider himself a wildlife artist but many of his works contain a “living, breathing and seeing” subject often placed in their natural environments or in a rustic man-made environment. Lately, he has been dropping the “living” subject but kept rustic man-made elements and placing the emphasis on color or mood.
John and his wife, Carol, have travelled extensively since they were married 46 years ago, collecting reference photos along the way. The subjects he paints, either from his own reference photos or from fellow travelers, will reflect an earth-tone pallet with a few select accent colours, for example one blue chair, one blue boat, or one red piece of laundry. Many of his ocean-side paintings are a result of walking the beaches of Point Robert’s, where the family enjoys a summer cabin.
John is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Surrey Artswest Society and the Surrey Arts Council. He has been called upon to jury many community art shows. He has participated in numerous group shows and has been the recipient of multiple awards over the years.
Showing now in Gallery n. 204 as part of our Canadian Landscapes exhibition: