Born in 1974, John grew up around Washington D.C. in Chevy Chase, MD and began painting in oils, studying the figure and landscape from local instructor Walt Bartman in junior high. He took an immediate interest in studio painting as well as cartooning and graphic arts.
He earned his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Illustration. Upon graduation he moved to New York City and began a freelance career in commercial art, providing illustrations and designs for newspaper, magazines, event postcards, band posters and packaging.
As a painter in NYC John worked on many commissions and exhibited locally in his Park Slope Brooklyn neighborhood. His style has been influenced by the work of Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Hopper, Edgar Degas, the illustrators Al Parker and Robert Fawcett.
A life-long freelancer, John wears many hats, jumping from one assignment and role to the next, sometimes painting, sometimes designing or producing but always moving. He is also a musician and songwriter.
in 2015 Party Like a President, True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office (Workman) was published. This book contains over 100 pen and ink illustrations along with 44 hilarious and informative chapters by author Brian Abrams.
John now resides in Long Branch, NJ on the shore. When not working on his own art, John helps run the family business - a wholesale jewelry line launched by his wife in 2007. The Family of three live in their 1907 dream house close to the beach.