John Whytock has been a professional artist since 1979. His award winning fine art has shown in galleries from New York City to San Francisco. In his studio and on-site he has painted murals for hotels, casinos, and private parties throughout the world.
John started his career as a self taught pen and ink artist. His portfolio then gained him steady work in illustration. In the old world tradition John served a seven year apprenticeship – two years as an in-house illustrator, and five years in a mural studio, becoming principal artist in both establishments. In 1986 he ventured out on his own upon winning a mural competition for Mission San Juan Capistrano. In the competitive world of art in Las Vegas in the 1990’s he was commissioned to complete over 150 custom paintings. He continued to paint and show fine art during this time. In 2011 he began numerous long term commissions, including The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum .
Since the beginning of 2018 he has returned his focus to fine art. This year he has been accepted in numerous exhibitions including the esteemed Oil Painters of America 2018 Salon Exhibition; National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society 2018 Best of America; and the 8th Annual Plein Air Salon Art Competition receiving awards for “1st Place Overall”, “Best Building”, and “Best Figure” for June/July.
In addition to participation in national organizations and exhibitions, John is very active on the local level. He won “Best Of Show” in the Fresh Gallery 2018 Juried Competition & Exhibition, and has since become a member. He also maintains memberships with Springfield Regional Arts Council, Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield, Best of Missouri Hands, and Studio 55 Artists Guild. He also participates weekly in Springfield Life Drawing Group and Springfield Plein Air.
John and his wife, Deborah, own Oak Rose Studio in Springfield, Missouri which will present his workshops at Splatter Art Studio, where he offers instruction in oil and acrylic painting, and drawing.