John Cassin specializes in painting wildlife, pen and ink watercolors of architecture, as well as carving the human figure in stone and wood.
Mostly self-taught, John learned the mechanics of stone carving from Fred X. Brownstein at the Carving Studio in Rutland, Vermont and studied for a time at the Art Institute of Boston.
His figurative sculptures are all carved from local found materials; soapstone fragments from abandoned quarries, marble pieces left behind from mining operations and closed stone yards, a basswood tree felled in the night during a storm, a rock maple stump left behind from a logging operation, these are among the many sources of raw material for the work.
“The people I carve are also local, in that I use my neighbors and family as models when needed, however the figures seem to be already inside the stone or wood, sometimes close to the surface, sometimes deep within. The personality is there to see, as well as a past and future. Have I seen them before? Do I know them? Do You?”
John Cassin's work has been exhibited in various New England galleries and museums including the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis and the Provincetown Art Association.
He currently lives and works in Andover, Vermont with his artist wife, plein air impressionist painter Mary Giammarino.