John Katerberg is an oil painter who describes his technique as "Painterly Realism." Early influences of John's art include Nathan Green and Thomas Blackshear who painted dramatic and illustrative themes in the 1990s. During his formal art training, John's work was influenced by master artists John Singer Sargent and George Innes.
John is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in painting. John's Christian faith is unapologetically mixed throughout all of his work, from paintings with obvious Biblical themes, to landscapes seen as artist's studies of the master creator God.
John strives to capture elements of realism, but allows brush strokes to remain visible in order to demonstrate the characteristics of oil paint in a digital era. This "Painterly Realism" is used with dramatic compositions to give the viewer a visual adventure.
A Word from John
_According to the Bible, God created man in His image.
Since God is the great creator, it follows that humans, being made in His image, are creators as well, but to a far lesser extent.
Of course, we can't bring something from nothing, as God can. But God did create humans to be the only creatures on earth who can conceive of a thought or design, then bring it into existence. So, when a person creates art of any kind representational, abstract, performance, singing or writing he-- or she mimics the creative attribute of God.
We can create art just for the joy of it, or to express a thought and idea. Sometimes it takes artwork to get people to stop, think, and react, where mere words may not get their attention.
My main goal in life is to bring glory to my Lord Jesus and bring people to a saving knowledge and relationship with him. My desire and call is to create artwork so technically and visually interesting that it compels people to stop, look and question. Even more importantly, I want these paintings to confront the viewer with a message. A message of faith in Christ, hope in God, and love that can only come from above.