John Knight holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Painting from American University in Washington, D.C. He has done artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachussetts, the Carina House on Monhegan Island, and Acadia National Park. He was the Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2007. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, Pam, and his daughter, Chloe.
“My current paintings contain seaside life forms such as barnacles, periwinkles, limpets, sea stars, urchins and seaweed. Using mirroring shapes and sizes, I relate these forms growing at our feet to the moon, sun and stars that are thousands or millions of miles away just as an infant will reach out for the Moon as they would a ball. I make these visual comparisons to illustrate our wonder at seeing natural forms and phenomena. An orange-tinged moon hovering just over the horizon has the power to wow us at any age. Likewise, under close inspection a common barnacle becomes a gem and reveals an unexpected design. Working on a small scale has allowed me to continue testing the limits of contemporary landscape painting while simply playing with compositions I have not used or seen before. I’m reminding myself as well as viewers that nature has the ability to trigger in us a heightened awareness.”
– John Knight