John W. Horne is an award-winning professional artist/photographer and a much sought after instructor in the Metro Atlanta area. John's personal focus centers on capturing/creating realistic, figurative portraits and representational works searching for a dream-like yet realistic and often asymmetrical ambiance.
As an instructor, John is thrilled to work with young & mature artists alike as they develop their skills and begin to visualize their artistic dreams. John carefully observes his subjects to ensure accurate and authentic description & composition. John attributes his affinity for realism to his extensive early training in photography, sculpture & design where meticulous attention to detail
was & is required. His work is on display in a dozen, permanent exhibits, local Atlanta galleries, and several internet galleries.
"After years working in fashion furniture I returned in the 90’s to my passion - my art. I served on five Arts Boards of Directors.
I co-founded Forrest Street Dance Project, produced & directed five years of The Festival of Life Concert - an AIDS benefit,
served as Executive Director of CCAC and later Senior Staff Fulton County Arts Council, opening/running Warsaw Ocee Art Center, designed/ produced 3years of International Children’s Day Festival (Alpharetta) and the 2 years of the South Fulton Festival (Fairburn)
I’ve focused these last 17+ years as a Metro Atl. Art Instructor fortunate enough to be affiliated with six art centers
(Life Drawing, Figure & Portrait, - all levels and Teen Drawing & Photography classes). Since 1999, three of my adult students have gone on to become Instructors at local Art Centers, another is now an Art Center Director. Six students have been accepted into MFA programs and I’ve been fortunate to help place 60 of my teen students in Universities & professional design schools including: Rhode Island School of Design; Ringling; Parsons, The New School; F.I.T.; MICA; SAIC; GSU; Auburn University;
New Paltz, N.Y., Columbia, Cal Arts; UGA; Syracuse University, KSU; SCAD, & more.'
'It is deeply gratifying to witness younger students grow from beginners to pre-college portfolio candidates..... just as it is
truly rewarding to be part of the process when an adult artist suddenly recaptures that artistic wonder & wisdom they
once had in their younger years....."
I adhere to a classical & intuitive form of instruction, borrowing heavily from the masters, in a process focusing on transitional values, composition & proportion. Understanding what was appropriate for Leonardo, Raphael & Durer, remains completely relevant today.
Light and shape trump line all day, every day and form the basis for my focus with my work and with my students. We work from life, creative imagination, still life, and photos - some supplied by me, others by the students........ I emphasize two maxims from early on:"integrity is not a luxury" and "an artist never allows her/his self [to be] held prisoner to a point of reference".
I am as proud of my student's originality, technical skills, and their honesty as I am of their diligence and creative abilities.”