I am a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, and I taught high school art in New Jersey for 30 years. In the summers I painted en plein air from Philadelphia's Fairmont Park to the New Jersey shore. During the fall and spring semesters from 1989 to 2002 I attended evening studio sessions at Fleisher Art Memorial, where I did life studies and paintings three nights a week.
 
Now in retirement I paint in my condo studio in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. and go to the Ocean City Art League when there is a life painting session and I also paint at the Philadelphia Sketch club one day a week. My professional affiliations are: artist  member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and The American Artists Professional League.  I have painted abroad from Europe to Australia, and have been in  juried and invitational exhibits in Pittsburgh, New York City, Philadelphia, and its' suburbs including art galleries in New Jersey.  My work has been reviewed in the Art Section of Philadelphia Inquirer, and photographs of me painting have appeared in The Press of Atlantic City.
 
My approach to art is honesty.  I work from life and eliminate the non-essential; however, I do portrait commissions from high quality photographs, such as good lighting and being able to see the color of the eyes.  I feel there is a thin line between fresh and over worked paintings, and while photographs tend to reduce a lot of artists to nothing more than technicians rather than an observer, my background has enabled me to apply a painterly quality when using a picture for a portrait.  With portraits being in their own category, my work is neither political nor controversial, just a record of my observations, imagination, and hopefully pleasing to the eye.

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John Stopkoski

Heather Croft Condo, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234

(609) 484-0145

jstopkoski@yahoo.com

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