John David Wissler has been having a decades long love affair with clouds. He is fascinated with the nuances, the fleeting moments, the way the light bounces off of them. It’s an obsession, really, but one I can understand.
JD says that whether people get his paintings or not is really not that important to him. Having them relate to the painting is what is important. Everything else is icing on the cake, he says.
I’ll tell you about one of my quirks: I get anxious watching television and often times movies. I can’t help but think this moment right now has never happened before and will never happen again. I don’t want to waste it. I become very conscious of time and how precious it is. I want my time here to mean something.
JD’s paintings feel like another version of that sentiment. He will never see another sky like the one he is looking at – probably right now. The light, the place, his mood, what he’s thinking about has never combined in exactly the same way before, and it will never happen again.
His paintings demonstrate that. Although his subject matter doesn’t change, each painting is a unique statement.
This episode is a little longer than usual, so grab a cup of coffee, tea, or glass of wine depending on what time it is where you are. Get cozy in your studio or wherever you are- JD is going to tell you a few stories and share some great insights with you.
George Sorrels – an early instructor and now friend JD mentions.
JD Wissler will be showing with William Kocher and Eric Golias:
“Three Artists, Three Views” October 5 – November 1 at Loyola University in Baltimore.
Artists’ Talk and Reception:
Thursday, October 8, 4:30-7 p.m.