Raised on and off the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin, John grew up with an abiding love for the natural world and his Native heritage. Drawn to the arts from childhood, Potter earned degrees in Painting and Illustration from Utah State University, then spent twenty years as an award-winning illustrator before becoming a full-time painter in 2002.

John is a member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, The Salmagundi Club of New York, Society of Animal Artists, and a Signature Member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP). Potter has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and his work hangs in private collections across the country and around the world.

John maintains his home and studio in Red Lodge, Montana.

It is always my desire to learn, and sing, the songs that are found in the Quiet Dignity of the Natural World – with paint as my voice, and color as my notes. I hope to share the music of Nature with the audience of the Heart.” John Potter