ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jon paints original oil paintings in a realistic style. Most of them are painted in photorealism, which means a style of art characterized by the highly detailed depiction of ordinary life with the impersonality of a photograph.
When Jon Krider was a young boy the most important thing to him was his love for all of nature. He would spend almost every free moment walking the fields and woods around his home in Ohio observing and studying every aspect of nature. When most kids would rush home to play with their friends after school, Jon would grab is sketchbook and head out to the surrounding countryside to draw the trees, ponds, and wildlife that he would come across on his ventures.
For the most part, Jon is a self-taught artist. Although he does credit his teachers from his grade school and high school for teaching him the basics of art which provided him with the foundation to which he has built on throughout his life as an artist. Jon’s parents were also very supportive and provided him with the encouragement to pursue his art no matter what the subject matter.
Jon has lived in and traveled to many States in the US, providing him the opportunity to study and see first-hand many different landscapes and nature scenes. These days, Jon resides in Central Texas. Texas provides a wide range of painting subject matters for the Landscape Painter, from deserts to lush green pastures, and even mountain ranges, which he loves to paint. His works are found in both public and private collections and are on displayed in several galleries.
Framer’s Gallery, Georgetown, Texas – Full Service Custom Picture Framer
The Gallery off the Square – Local Artist Co-Op Located in Georgetown, Texas
120ART, Taylor, Texas – Original Contemporary and Traditional Art
2019 120ART, Taylor TX – Far Country
2019 Williamson County Museum, Round Rock, Texas – Earth, Water, Sky
2018 Round Rock Plein Air Group Show at Williamson County Jester Annex
2018 120ART, Taylor TX – Transportation
2018 WCAG Show at Georgetown Public Library – Our Creative Community
2003/2004 Solo Shows at the Myrddin Winery, Berlin Center, OH
2001 – 2002 Colored Pencils Group Showings, Amy Lindenberger, N. Canton, OH
2019 Member of Outdoor Painters Society
2019 Member of Oil Painters of America
Since 2017 Member of Williamson County Art Guild, TX
Since 2017 Member of Plein Air Round Rock, TX
2017 – 2019 Member of Plein Air Austin, TX
2004 – 2008 Member of Portrait Society of America
1999 – 2003 Member of CPSA (Color Pencil Society of America)
2019 Guest Artist – Williamson County Art Guild – A Selected Painting Technique: Landscape
Workshops & Training
2000 – 2003 Using Colored Pencils, Amy Lindenberger, N. Canton, OH
2018 Galveston Texas Sea Port, Gladys S., Texas
2017 Big Bend National Park, TX Davis Mountain Range, Kay M., Texas
2017 Portrait of Rascal The Sphinx, Linda P., Texas
2002 Portrait of George W. Bush for Cleveland Young Republicans
- The first snow that falls early in November crystallizing the trees and landscape.
- The summer sunset that illuminates the countryside.
- The mist that settles in the valleys on cool nights, with the canopies of oak trees standing above it all.
- The signs of Spring with bird nests full of life, and the blooming of wild flowers across the fields.
All of nature continues to inspire and intoxicate me, because the older I get, the more I realize how intricate our world was created. The Bible says “Ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds, and they will tell you. Speak with the earth and it will teach you, even the fish will relate the story to you. All creatures know that the Lord’s hands have created our beautiful earth”. (Job 12:7-10). I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend outdoors, as it is my time to pray, dream and compose new works. This is currently why my passion is to capture the landscapes and nature that captivates me.
My paintings reflect something personal to me. I am drawn to vast landscapes, seascapes and buildings. I paint my subjects in a realist style. In every painting I am striving to understand the laws of nature and how light works. My goal for every painting is to achieve a convincing sense of reality and break the constraints of the two dimensional surface.
When starting an new painting, I often sketch, paint and/or photograph to capture the shadows, colors, setting and overall mood of my subject matter. My goal is to have the viewer’s eyes flow comfortably through a piece and to draw them into the painting. I want the person to feel as if they have visited the place I’m painting. The medium I use is oils on panel, but sometimes will use linen. The oil paints provide me with a rich colors and a longer drying period which allow me to work the paint to reach the effect that I want to capture.
My obsession with realist painting has led me to study many of the great masters from the past and seek to understand how they made such magnificent pictures. I am eager to share my works of original realistic oil paintings.
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PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS
Although, Jon’s focus is on providing original realistic oil paintings, these day’s he wants to add the art of Plein Air Painting to his skills and techniques.
Jon’s favorite workspace has been outdoors, perfecting his techniques. Painting outdoors or “out in the open,” images are painted in a short period of time to capture lighting and color temperatures. This capture of natural light and color enables him to carry these small studies back to the studio and bring large paintings to life. On occasion, Jon plans to put some of these Plein Air Paintings up for sale.
The Next Painting
In my heart, there is always another painting just around the bend. Often people will ask me, which painting is your favorite? With a smile, I always say, “My Next One!”.