We had the good fortune of connecting with John Scane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, what are you inspired by?
For the longest time, I have been inspired by travel. Starting when I was young, my family would take trips at least 2 times a year, usually within California but sometimes out of state. I didn’t know at the time but this would have a big impact on my adult life and artwork; sowing the seeds of wanderlust at an early age. Later in my twenties, I would move to Puerto Rico for a job as an Ironworker assistant, working in the shipping port repairing container cranes. The work was physically demanding but there was also a lot of downtime for me to explore the area and the surrounding Caribbean Islands. It was from this experience that my love of travel and being outside my norm got cemented into my thinking. It was also from this experience that my first critical and financially successful series of paintings came about. Since that time, I have traveled to over 25 countries and 40 of the United States. Almost all of my artwork has either been directly or indirectly inspired by travel with many of my series subjects based on my travel experiences.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Looking back over 30+ years of making art I can see a consistent thread that runs through my work, the exploration of form and space. While I consider myself primarily a painter I also use and explore other mediums including, woodworking (furniture design and building) and photography (primarily nature & landscape). I have chosen my subjects as a way to answer questions I have about them. Making an image for me is about finding the essence or personal truth of the subject through my observation and my experience with it. It is only then that “marrying” the process of a chosen medium (be it painting, photography, etc) to one’s personal truth with that subject that a form of communication can happen that has the potential to become “art”. For the past couple of years, I have been working on a project titled GRANDIOSE. Meant to be a “big” project to push me as an artist, GRANDIOSE combines many of my interests into a unified undertaking. The project primarily employs photography, painting, and video in an exploration of the landscape. Eventually, it will take me to every continent on the planet in search of significant mountain regions to explore.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beach, the mountains, and many of the excellent restaurants and venues in So Cal, there are too many to name.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, who always gave me the freedom and encouragement to be creative.