John Cogan captures the beauty of creation on canvas, painting the landscapes and wildlife of the American West in a unique style that has become known throughout New Mexico and the Southwest.  He works in acrylic, focusing on color and the effects of light. John earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, then an MA  and a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Rice University.  He worked briefly in the corporate world, but in 1982 he left his job to pursue painting full time.

        The Grand Canyon has been one of John's favorite subjects and he has painted it hundreds of times in all seasons and weather over the last thirty years. 
        John has participated in the Grand Canyon Association's Plein Air on the Rim in 2009,  2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2013. In September 2012 he won the Jack Dudley Memorial Fund Purchase Award and his painting OUT OF THE DEPTHS will be a permanent part of the Grand Canyon's collection. He has been invited back to participate in 2014.
        John just finished a project in which he was commissioned to paint 25 landscapes for the Sultan of Oman.  He has worked from photos supplied by the Sultanate. Painting landscapes he has never seen presents unique challenges.  In this case, however, it was not too difficult.  John says the scenery reminds him  of New Mexico except, of course,  for the palm trees.
John and "Muffin"
(adopted from the animal shelter........

...Muffin, not John)
        He won three awards in Zion National Park's "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran" plein air invitational in November of 2013 after winning awards at this event in 2010, 2011 and 2012 including the Superintendent's choice in 2011.
h He will return for the event in 2014.
        In addition to Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, John has paintings in many notable collections including San Juan College and Citizens Bank in Farmington, New Mexico. His paintings are also in the collections of the Sultan of Oman,
Landscape Wildlife paintings
Conoco Phillips, McGraw Hill, and Raymond James Financial as well as other corporate and private collections.
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Fine Art
Exquisite Paintings in the Classical Tradition