Preparing for the Feast

by John Weiss

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  • Certificate of Authentication
  • Numbered and Signed by Artist
  • Limited Edition of 150 Prints
  • Offset Lithograph on Paper
  • Image Size 11 Inches Tall by 15.5 Inches Wide.
One evening, while on the Turkey Foot Lake in Akron, Ohio, artist John Weiss was a small family of their boat and the scene resonated with him. Musing on the subject of family relationship and childhood memories, he went back to the time his own father rented a rowboat and took his brother and John fishing. The result of this inspiration is Preparing for the Feast, a wonderfully backlit image of a father and son fishing with their faithful golden retriever. I enjoy painting things people can relate to, John Weiss says, perhaps because I can connect to them myself. They're a familiar part of everyday life we can understand and enjoy. Some of my paintings tell stories, some focus on man's best friend and then there are those that capture the emotions of life. One of the jobs of an artist is to share with the world the moments which can only be described through their medium. Preparing for the Feast is one of those paintings.

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The Artist

John Weiss

I enjoy painting things people can relate to, John Weiss says, "perhaps because I can relate to them myself. They're familiar things, part of an everyday life we can understand and enjoy."

Weiss developed this appreciation during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. His father was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth's work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending Kent State University.

Weiss left college after two years to go into the landscape business, but he returned to full-time painting within four years. "My work is essentially self- taught," he maintains. "I study the work of artists I admire and learn from their methods and techniques. I studied color theory by referring to a color wheel and mixing paints. Experience is the best teacher."

Weiss persevered with his study and his dedication has paid off. Today his paintings of dogs and of horses have an avid and loyal following. "Word of mouth has resulted in my works being sold all over the world," he says. "There was even one portrait of a dog that was presented to Queen Elizabeth by Lady Barlow." Weiss' work is exhibited regularly and recently he won the "Cover of the Year" award from the National Dog Writers Association.

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