Life Happens. Artwork by Rodney John
Life Happens, a collection of abstract acrylic paintings from local artist Rodney John, will be exhibited in the North Gallery at Mulberry Art Studios through the month of September. The public is invited to meet the artist at a First Friday Opening Reception from 5pm until 8pm on September 7th. Regular gallery hours are held on weekdays from 10am until 4pm. Mulberry Art Studios is located in beautiful downtown Lancaster at 19-21 North Mulberry Street. Rodney John grew up in an artistic family in western Pennsylvania. Art has always been a major part of his life, ever since childhood. John graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1989, and settled in Lancaster County shortly thereafter. He now has two artistic children, Destiny and Dakota, who provide him with endless inspiration.
“Life happens,” says John. “I interpret the world around me through my acrylic, abstract artwork. Nature, Native American designs, and emotions are the fuel that feed my creativity. I paint because it is therapeutic, and is an outlet for my emotions. Being a generally moody person by nature, I let my feelings and emotions dictate how to proceed with a piece. If the piece is inspired by my current mood or thoughts, I do not use a brush or palette knife; rather, I only use my hands and fingers to apply the paint. This way I have a direct connection to the canvas. With some of my more “direct” pieces, I start by drawing a thumbnail sketch, and then transfer the idea onto canvas with brushes, markers, palette knives, or whatever tool I deem necessary to make my point. There is no right or wrong way to create artwork. I live in the moment, and strive to express that in the work I create. My goal is to have the viewer see what I see, and feel what I feel.”