John started painting in the late 1990s. Much of his work is influenced by his natural environment. This subtle definition of space grounds his work to a sense of place without limiting what can be experienced there. His work is as visual as it is visceral. There is not only image, color, light and dark, but the texture, perspective, and balance. John works is a process of layering, pouring and scraping, leaving traces of earlier information, a build-up and overlap of successive stages which ask that the viewers' attention continually adjusts in order to consider the various perceptual possibilities within the subject. The paintings reveal themselves slowly, asking you to explore each successive layer underneath and to examine the relationship between space and depth, presence and absence. John’s desire is to draw his viewers into the conversation. Rather than undertake each painting with a predetermined idea of the outcome, he lets the pieces unfold on its own and as a result, the work has come to him easier. He experienced an epiphany by letting the process guide him in revealing the painting instead of having a predetermined outcome. Inspired by what he describes as his day-to-day environment Schuyler's studio is designed for promoting serenity and creativity which translates into his work.Artist's Statement
The inspiration for my work is both selective and indiscriminate. After the initial influence sparks the beginning of a painting, the piece generally takes on a vision of its own, a relationship develops between us and occasionally conflicts must be overcome. At other times it's very passionate and in the moment, not questioning the end result, allowing it will take me where it wants to go. My work continues to evolve over the years and it has undergone numerous transformations. The Ultimate intention is to grow as an artist and that my work evokes an emotion.