John Huerta, Jr. was born in Ogden, Utah in 1964. Introduced to drawing by his mother, Carol, John began drawing at an early age. As a child, John loved to paint and draw wildlife, and the occasional dinosaur. John studied with several area artists and learned to work in pastel, watercolor and oils.
John studied illustration at Utah State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in Art in 2001.
After college, he worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. When the industry shifted to digital tools, John returned to school to study digital art and web design. When he’s not painting, John teaches graphic design at a local technical college. John has studied with Utah artists Glen Edwards, Adrian VanSuchtelen, Harrison Groutage, Thomas Leek and Perry Stewart. John currently lives in Ogden. For the last several years he has been dedicated to working outdoors. John has won several awards for his plein air work and participates in many plein air events throughout the year.
“Working outdoors has inspired my painting process. I find that being on location creates an understanding of the subject that is difficult to arrive at working in the studio. Success for me is conveying a sense of time and place in my paintings. I’m inspired by color and contrast, attempting to organize the unlimited variation of nature into a personal statement. I try to leave enough unsaid so that the viewer can add their perception and understanding to the work. As my aesthetic has evolved, pattern, light and color are more important than subject matter. I find it rewarding to reveal beauty in unexpected places, the pattern of summer grass in a field, a brush covered hillside, the subtle variations of color on the surface of a moss covered pond.”