Born in Chicago in 1952, John C Gawne graduated in 1974 from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accounting. In the early ’90’s Gawne left the financial world to pursue a childhood love of art and a passion for the American West.

Since the mid ’90’s Gawne has participated in the following art shows:

C M Russell Museum Auction

Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale

Oil Painters of America National and Regional

Mountain Oyster Club

John Clymer Museum Two Person Exhibition

Brinton Museum Small Works

Awards include the 2007 CEO Award from the C M Russell Museum and being named as a founding member of The C M Russell Museum ‘s Russell Skull Society

Gallery representation includes the following:

Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY, Bozeman, MT,

Settlers West, Tucson, AZ

Bear Tooth Gallery, Red Lodge, MT

Wrangler Gallery, Great Falls, MT

“The one common thread these three different paintings have is dramatic lighting. In composing a painting, I can use my light source to make any otherwise simple subject more interesting to the viewer. In the horseback painting and the native portrait painting, the late or early day, low angle of the sun, makes for greater contrasts in values as well as color temperatures- warm verses cool… In the canoe painting, the sun has not yet risen. Therefore the contrasts are even more pronounced- the subject is almost silhouetted, at the expense of color. By adding an orange sky you bring in some drama to make it more interesting…

John Gawne about his work in The Brinton 101