John Zaleski

Niagara Falls
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My Bio

I started painting and sketching at an early age. At age 6, 1st grade, I was picked to paint a Christmas card for our class. In Grade 4, at age 10, My drawing about Arbor Day was chosen to represent our school in the city of Montreal "The major's Arbor Day competition. The drawing won with 9 other schools as finalists among 300 elementary schools. I guess that was my launch pad. I have been painting ever since. The learning curve was when I worked for the top graphic arts studio and color separation company, Arnott Rogers Batten and Rapid Grip and Batten. Recently retired, I now continue painting everyday. My favorite subjects are...anything that strikes my fancy. The learning curve never ends. My favorite painters are Monet, Renoir, the Group of Seven, Impressionists in general. Currently viewing today's living artists C W Mundy, D Leffel, D Gerhartz just to name a few. My perspective on art...Art is subjective. What one person enjoys doesn't necessarily mean that everyone will or should. One thing is certain. If an artist paints a subject, you can tell if there was an emotional attachment to the way the subject was portrayed. That is what I look for.


  • 24 Nov 2012
  • Thank you.

    I feel privileged being recognized as "Painter of the week"  by artist Daily. Acceptance of a piece that was painted within a group of peers of so many talented artists is inspiring. As artists we struggle each time we paint. We question ourselves if the mood we wish to convey is coming across appropriately. The tone, color shape, composition all come into play as we strive to challenge ourselves to become the best we can be. Confidence in each brush stroke comes through hard work. Einstein once said "Inspiration is 1%, perspiration is 99%." Incidentally, my painting "Illusions" won best of show in the Niagara District Art Association's recent art competition. Moments like this provide the fuel to continue a passion of mine since childhood. Thank you....John Zaleski