Springtime Original Oil on Stretched Belgian Linen 98cm x 74cm by John McCartin
John’s Inspiration: An approximate ten minute drive from my studio is this scene in the district of Charleston. South Australia has a very clear strong light as the moisture in the atmosphere is usually very low, however on this particular day there was a faint mist in the air creating a hazy atmosphere with sunlight sprinkling the landscape throwing colour in different directions. It was these aspects that attracted me to the scene.
I always paint a study first ensuring the colours and tones are correct as it is much harder to do on a large scale. I then have to add different subjects within the scene to lead the viewer’s eye in the direction I want”.
John McCartin was born in Sydney on March 9th 1954, and showed remarkable drawing ability at a young age and felt strangely attracted to the Australian landscape. Painting as a hobby since 1974, John has now taken on landscape painting more seriously and on a professional basis since 1991. He has been influenced greatly by artists such as Hans Heysen, Elioth Gruner and Arthur Streeton whose unpretentious works have inspired him over many years. In 2011 John won International Artist Magazines prestigious first prize, making him ‘Best artist in the world’. It was a complete surprise to a humble John, yet a reward for the incredible artworks he produces. As part of his prize, John was given the opportunity to travel and paint through the English countryside & through areas of Europe. His six-week study tour created some amazing paintings, of which this is one. John who lives in South Australia travels widely to capture his subjects, always making sketches and studies as he travels. He has been described by many of Australia’s leading artists as one of the most talented artists in Australia and now the world agrees! He has currently won 106 international art awards.