Artist Statement -

Artist Statement

I graduated from Texas Tech in December, 1973, with a BFA in studio painting. I thought at that time the world was waiting for me. I never stopped painting, drawing, or growing after graduation, but when my wife, Betsy, and I moved to Staples, Texas and bought the General Store, things started to happen. Lamartine, Aries, was to Van Gogh what Staples is to me.

Staples is a very small forgotten village on the San Marcos River. There are unspoiled fields where wheat, corn, and maize are grown, and live oaks and pecan trees have flourished since long before the arrival of the white man. In the spring the wild flowers have no end. The sky changes with every breath. The trees speak of color unknown to a painter’s pallet, and when the wind touches them, magic.

Nature is an organized confusion that comes together with color. To be able to walk alone in these fields, to watch the approaching storms, to hear the movement of the river, and to feel the wind is nothing less than perfection. I now paint everyday and take photographs by the hundreds. I have found my garden.

John A. Roof

Artist Exhibitions

1. Lubbock Art Festival Alumni Show Lubbock, Tx. 2006
2. Home Grown, solo painting, Texas State University, San Marcos May 2006
3. Solo show Oliver Charles Gallery, Houston, Tx. July 2006
4. American Juried Art Salon, Online juried show Sept 2006
5. Canvas Gallery, Eldia de los Muertos Show, Oct. 2006
6. Bistro Toulouse, Solo show, Houston, Tx. March 2007
7. Plano 125 Show, painting selected, Plano, Tx. April 2007
8. Visual Arts Alliance, 24th juried show 2 painting chosen April, 2007
9. Irving National, TVAA show , painting selected Irving, Tx June 2007 Honorable Mention Award for “ Fields Of Summer “
10. Breckenridge Art Show Breckenridge, TX. Aug. 25, 2007
11. Southwestern Artisans Society of Fort Bend, Aug. 11, 2007 2nd place acrylic Richmond, TX. Morton Street Gallery
12. Third Coast National, Corpus Christi, Texas Oct. 13, 2007
13. Huisache Grill. 8 paintings on display New Braunfels, Texas Oct. 1 2007
14. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Skies of Texas 3 photographs.
15. Two man show Nov. 17, 2007 Gas Gallery San Antonio, w/Oscar Silva
16. BAL 46th National 2008 Beaumont, Texas two paintings accepted
17. LSU National 20”x20”x20” Baton Rouge. La.
18. San Jacinto College National “Opposites Attract” Houston, Texas Tender Mercy accepted
19. Visual Arts Society of Texas accepted “Old Man” April 10, 2008 to May 29, 2008
20. Art Museum Of South Texas donation of painting “Choral” to 2008 Los Artistas art auction
21. 2008 Art to the Rescue Soiree, Dallas, TX. 5/17/2008, painting Study Field and Storm, 12”X16” auction sold $375.00
22. Solo Retrospect show June 7, 2008 to June 28, 2008 Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, Texas 33 paintings
23. 2008 Beeville Art Museum Texas Artist Exhibition August 2, 2008 to August 29, 2008 Beeville, Texas
24. Rive Gauche Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ. July 14, 2008
25. American Art Collector Magazine, September 2008 issue painting on page three
26. SAVA Inaugural Art Gala, San Antonio, TX. Painting Caress accepted not available for showing.
27. Group Show J Space, Marble Falls, TX. 9-27-08
28. ACTS HIV Ministry, San Antonio donated painting “ Same Place Different Time”
29. Solo Show at Blue Goat San Marcos, TX. Jan 2009
30. 500X Gallery Expo 2009 Dallas, TX. painting “The Last Orgy” Jan. 2009
31. National LSU 20x20x20. Baton Rouge, La. April 14, 2009 three paintings accepted. Merit Award for painting “Family Souls”
32. Visual Arts Society of Texas National art show Denton, TX. April 23, 2009
Painting “The last Stand”
33. Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas. 26th juried show, May 15, 2009
Painting “My Soul”
34. National Society of Artist art show Clute, TX. July 11, 2009 two painting accepted “Hope” and “Conflict”


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