John W. Vanderheyden, Instructor

John & Gail Vanderheyden. Photo by Elizabeth Larson

John & Gail Vanderheyden. Photo by Elizabeth Larson

John recently retired from a 35+ year career with Verizon Communications doing internal computer work. He chose to move to North Carolina from Washington D.C. because of the natural beauty of the state, and the Piedmont in particular due to easy access to both the mountains and seashore. As a landscape painter, there is more subject matter than he could ever possibly paint!

John says: “I work in three or four styles and landscapes are my prominent subject matter. Bright color combinations usually dominate my paintings. My scenes are from all over the United States with a lot of the Southwest Desert and Washington, D.C. I’ve done a lot of water studies and floral still-lifes. Why do people love looking at water? I think it has to do with the constant change between patterning and randomness. Where patterns meet chaos is a recurring theme of mine. Examples of this would be changing ripples in a river or light dappled maples in the fall. Click HERE to visit his website.

Art Highlights:

20 paintings exhibited at Richmond State House in Jan.-Feb., 2005. This led to exhibiting at John Tyler Community College, also in Richmond

Represented by Lazy Lane Gallery, Key West, Fla., Jan., 2003- Jan., 2005

Represented by Herndon Old town Gallery, Aug.- Oct., 1994

Annual Juried Labor Day Shows at Glen Echo Park sponsored by the National Park Service. Sold “Canal Scene” to the National Historical Society

Annual Juried Spring shows at Oxen Hill Manor

Capital Hill Art League member for several years. Solo show at Long & Foster Realty on Capital Hill with multiple sales

Member of Great Falls, Fairfax and Vienna Art Leagues. Awarded Best in Show at monthly Fairfax League Show. Awarded Honorable Mention at annual Great Falls League show

Education: B.A. Art History and Studio Art from University of Virginia, 1977

Contact Information: John.W.Vanderheyden@Gmail.com

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