John David Wissler Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I feel a sense of history when I'm painting. The painters I admire and study, the history of the land itself and my own familiar connection to it. There is a constant conflict in working, nature or imagination. Nature should be transformed by feeling, not meticulously reproduced. When I paint, I find this challenge invigorating. I draw upon the memory of place, of experience. In the studio, it's create, wipe out, paint over and then it happens! That's painting!"

EDUCATION

1989
Master of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Studied with Leland Bell, John Heliker, Paul Resika, and Larry Rivers
1985
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Studied with George Sorrels
Travel and painted in France, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Outer Banks, North Carolina, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.