Artist Series: John Bucklin

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Have you seen John Bucklin’s work yet? His paintings of the ocean, landscapes, sunsets are breathtaking. Ever since I discovered his work on Serena & Lily’s website last year, I have had major lust for one of them, the only problem is deciding which one is my favorite piece. I interviewed John last month for the Otomi Home artist series & I’m excited to show you his work today…

How did you become an artist? What was your training?
Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be an artist. I started painting when I was 4. In school, I loved dioramas, maps and visual presentations. At 19 I decided in order to become a painter, I would need to learn to draw well. So I went to study realistic drawing at the Academy of Art in Florence. I drew from models, plaster casts and copied drawings and learned how to draw in precise detail. I earned a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I create by observing everything around me. Each morning I wake up and feel inspired to paint. A friend of mine asked me to teach his college painting class for the day. I encouraged the students to stay inspired. Getting in touch with your inspiration means stopping comparing yourself to others. In school, I would paint to impress others. Now I paint because I need to express my emotions.

pacifica john bucklin longshore currents john bucklinWhat are you working on right now?
Paintings from Kauai. Kauai is awesome. The mountains look like Mount Tam but steeper and the ocean is turquoise and teal. I’ve been invited to do an artist-in-residence next fall at Chalk Hill, where I’ll be painting plein air paintings of the wine country. In the Spring I plan to travel to the Mojave Desert and paint wildflowers.

montana thunderstorm john bucklin in the rapids john bucklinWhere do you do your work from?
My studio in San Rafael. Or the Northern California Coast, the Sierras, the American West

Who or what is inspiring you right now?
The Luminists. Sunsets, Wilderness, Surfing. Photographs, different kinds of outdoor light

john bucklin 1What are you the most proud of?
My success as an artist

What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it? 
I have the photograph of an eyelash by Marilyn Minter. In 2003 I went to her studio in Soho and she offered to trade me that for a balsa wood sculpture I’d made.

liberation john bucklin pineapple 1 john bucklinThank you John for the interview! You can find John’s work on his website or at Serena & Lily. You can also follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

(Original photos found on serena and lily or courtesy of John Bucklin)