Located on the north side of the house, surrounded by a variety of plantings including native prairie, gardens and unusual conifers, Rolling Oaks Studio gives John space for creating his oil and pastel paintings, as well as his photography. His images draw upon abstract associations with nature and the setting of house in the landscape mirrors John's artistic sensibility. He uses the structure of the "landform" as a means to reach for the true subject of his paintings, such as a fleeting impression or a mood framed by light and resonating color pairings.
Two of John's oil paintings. John explains his process: "The two-dimensional media provide me with the means for recording the 'problematic process' of observing reality and inventing pictorial equivalents. What emerges is influenced and informed by my artistic persona. Much like a poet or composer, I am attempting to arrive at a personal invention of time and place."