John Taft HeadshotOriginally from western New York, John moved west to Colorado with his young family in 2004 to pursue painting.  Prior to that, John worked as a designer/art director for eighteen years, primarily in New York City.  His love of the West was instilled as he traversed this great country several times during his college years at Art Center College of Design in California.  His love of fine art grew through regular museum and gallery visits with his wife during their time in New York. John has been in numerous national shows including the Coors Western Art show in Denver, New York’s Salmagundi Club’s American Masters show, several Oil Painters of America National shows where he has received top awards, and additionally has had numerous solo shows.  His most recent award was the Gold Award at the Oil Painters of America western regional exhibit in 2021.  He has been the subject of feature articles in both Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art and Architecture.  John is currently an artist in residence with the Brinton Museum for the 2023 exhibit.