John began his artistic journey in 2007 after he moved to St. George, Utah and retired from a successful carrier in engineering, sales and marketing.
He began taking drawing and watercolor classes from local artists and workshops from regional and national artists. He then added pastel and acrylics to his artistic toolbox.
His goal as a painter is to translate the beauty of the red rock country and the desert around Southern Utah into paintings that will inspire others to appreciate the unmatched beauty that surrounds St. George. His painting style has evolved into “abstract realism” after he fell in love with the “California Style” of watercolor painting. Watercolor, with its ability to create variable and subtle color changes, make this an obvious medium for his work. The more toward abstraction and the use of acrylics follows from his study of the Abstract Expressionism of the late 1940’s and 50’s.
His current work, “Abstract Reality and Beyond”, is trending into more “pure abstraction” as a way to describe the complex landscape around us. The use of acrylics, in addition to watercolor, gives me one more way to express my feelings for and about the surrounding landscape.
“My art is a journey and it will continue to evolve. My goal is to continue to discover new ways to express my love of the Utah landscape. I hope you will see this evolution as you enjoy my paintings.”
Follow his artistic journey on his website, www.johnmangelsart.com.
John is a member of the SUAG Board of Directors and a signature member of the Dixie Watercolor Society. He has won numerous awards at various shows in the St. George area. John displays his work at the Arrowhead Gallery, the Red Cliff Gallery and Gallery 35, all in St. George.