About Me

I have painted, drawn and doodled since I was young. In high school I hid out in the art studio to maintain sanity and went on to major in art at Colby College. I am largely self taught because, regrettably, when I was in school painting skills were not emphasized. To do your own thing was the spirit of the day.

I paint what is around me; landscapes, objects, food, road scenes, recollected drive bys, dogs and whatever else strikes my fancy. Mostly I paint in oils and water colors from time to time. I don’t care much for acrylics. I like the feel, the smell and the tradition of oil paint.

Generally I work fast and small and when I can I paint outside. Painting for me an intense and exhausting experience and I am never sure when I start how things will end up. The results are mixed. Some are good, some maybe and some I toss in the wood furnace.

I have a day job, two in fact, which pay the bills and like many in Central Maine I spend a lot of my time canoeing, skiing, gardening, logging, building, driving to and fro, and puttering about the house where I have a small studio with a makeshift gallery and garage.

Take a look at my paintings and see what you think. If you are interested in buying one to hang on a wall, email me at johnalsop@beeline-online.net or write to me at PO Box 189, Skowhegan, Maine 04976. I also do commissions; house, pet and people portraits. I hope you enjoy the site.