JOHN WARD, fine art
Art, design and craft, along with doing business have been at the heart of John Ward’s life for over 60 years now. Growing old has relieved many anxieties; but it has also brought traumas that have focused his recent art making. Age and ptsd can dissolve time and take you apart. Some of the important pieces are lost; but which ones? You are left to put a new self together. It is similar to going through adolescence. Confusion and floundering reign. Advice doesn’t help. But you are alive; and eventually you’ll inhabit a very different body. You’ll be a curiously altered person; and it’ll be ok.
Since my hiatus (I was run over by a car in a crosswalk) rocks, birds, wind, water and finding community hold my attention as an artist. Paper is my medium. I stick to the simplest most direct materials, tools, and processes. Commonplace problem solving will not do; the world needs imagery. I stay active, pay attention and take what emerges as a gift in this new chapter.
Business Consulting, 1995-2017
Architectural Woodworking, 1977-1994 - furniture, architectural interiors and cabinetry, a 13 person design/build shop in Sonoma CA