Venus de Milo from the Louvre graphite on Bristol 17 by 9 in

While visiting the Louvre a couple of years ago, I  photographed the Venus de Milo.  Back at the studio, I turned the photo into a black and white image and drew it free-hand from the photo as I would do from a Bargue plate.  I used 2H, HB, and 2B pencils on Bristol board.

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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 studied physics during his college years, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Rice University.  He worked briefly in the corporate world as a  geophysicist.  Yet, as much as he enjoyed the world of science and math, he loved painting even more.   In 1982 he left his job to pursue art full time.

            Among John’s public works is a 60 by 48-inch painting commissioned by San Juan College, AFTERNOON AT ECHO AMPHITHEATER for the Henderson Fine Arts Building.  John also has paintings in the in the permanent collections of Citizens Bank, Conoco Phillips, McGraw Hill and Raymond James Financial.