John Visser

John Visser is an award winning artist who works full-time from his studio in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of the Illustration program at Sheridan College, he worked for many years as a freelance Illustrator and in the graphic design and printing industry. In 2008 he returned to his first love of painting and has exhibited his work at numerous art shows and galleries ever since.

"My passion for painting landscapes stems from a simple desire to evoke the sense of serenity and beauty that nature instills in me. Rural and wild places are cherished as they induce a meditative calm, a removal from the distractions of everyday life.

What catches my interest is the unfolding drama of light and shadow in combination with the graphic, abstract qualities the landscape can possess. My inspiration comes from the timeless, enduring, yet ever changing qualities of the land.

In my paintings I attempt to express my sense of wonder at how changing light can transform the seemingly mundane into the extraordinary. My painting is above all an exercise in trying to look at the world with fresh eyes and, hopefully, a unique perspective."