in New York, John eventually moved to southern Florida and
began painting in the late 1990's. Much of his work is
influenced by his natural environment particularity the
horizon where earth meets sky. This subtle definition of
space grounds his work to a sense of place without limiting
what can be experienced there. His work is as much visual as
it is visceral. There is not only image, color, light and
dark, but texture, design, and balance.
John works in a process of layering, pouring and scraping
off, 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.
His desire is to draw his viewers into the conversation.
"The biggest difference is my approach," says John. "Rather
than undertake each painting with a predetermined idea of
the outcome, I've started to let the pieces unfold on it's
own and, as a result, the work has come to me a lot easier."
"I have experienced an epiphany in letting the process guide
me in revealing the painting, rather than "painting" the
Inspired by what he describes as his day-to-day environment,
Schuyler's studio is designed for promoting serenity and
concentration. He allows this soothing and sense of calm and
control translate into his work.
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 it's own, a relationship develop 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 evolved over the years and it has
undergone numerous transformations. The Ultimate intention
is to grow as an artist and that my work evoke an emotional
response from the viewer.