“My goal in painting is to communicate the beauty of God’s creation through the elements and principles of a fine oil painting. Painting in the traditions of the Old Masters is a never ending quest for me and I thoroughly enjoy the thrills and the interesting people I meet along the way. My art students and I constantly challenge each other to paint new and exciting subjects.”
“The four years of private study under Antonius Raemakers, a Dutch Master who had immigrated to the United States, has been one of the greatest blessings I have received as an artist in my life.” Jon
Comments about Jon:
"Jon Houglum’s variety of paintings and his professional expertise in the composition, drawing and painting of the many subjects through the elements and principals of a fine oil painting, in the traditions of the Old Masters, display a masterful and accurate rendering of his subjects. For Jon painting is a passion and joyful experience. When you look at his paintings of landscapes, they turn your eyes back to the eighteenth century when every brush stroke made a statement to the viewer. In his paintings, you see and feel moved by the moment."
Jon painting a scene at
Clarko State Park, Quitman, MS
Comment made to Jon:
"The thought you put into your landscapes is self-evident. To read more about your philosophy, I was searching for your website, but came across a number of videos on YouTube. Obviously, you love what you do. It shows. You understand composition, your approach is understated but cumulative, and that is what is so refreshing because ultimately the viewer “experiences” you work.
I am a musician of occasional inclination, but in my life worked on the staffs of major national symphony orchestras. The great conductors allow music to speak for itself, to help shape a composer’s intent without submerging it in their own ideas. That’s what you do. Your painting breathe: they create a sense of reality without visual overstatement. And that is what our eyes see in nature. So it just seems right."
JON HOUGLUM FINE ART STUDIO/GALLERY
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center
51 Cowee School Road, Franklin, North Carolina, 28734