This painting process was interrupted three times by folks walking in this semi-out-of-the-way area. To each of these interrupters, Jon gave answers and comments to their interest. The first of the persons to interrupt was a young wanna-be-artist with camera in hand to capture scenes for later art subjects. The second interruption was a class of fourth graders lead by teacher and two chaperones. They stopped to observe and ask questions. Jon gave them a brief testimony of his art interest, which begins in the 5th grade and has continued for 40 years, he challenged these young students to preserver with their art interest. The third person was a man and his wife. The man was as much attracted to Jon's “Vietnam Vets” cap, which Jon had on, as to Jon's now almost completed painting. This man himself was a “Vietnam Vet” he and Jon exchanged some brief respectful comments regarding their “Vietnam” experiences.
By 12:15, in less than 2 hours time Jon had completed the painting on this, what I now see, as a beautiful scene, amazing. I was amazed at how quickly, accurately; realistically Jon had transferred this nature scene to a 12" X 16" panel. I have the distinct feeling that my first viewing of an artist at work was that of a MASTER.
Charlie Whittington, Seminole, Florida.