About the Artist

John Hughes has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. Although he had been painting on and off since his early teens in New York where he grew up, he says, “That was the year I really got serious about my art.” John and his wife Teresa have lived in Salt Lake City, Utah since 1991, and he maintains a studio in Taylorsville. He  teaches private plein air workshops each summer,  and an oil painting class at Salt Lake Community College. This July he will teach another 3 day summer workshop for the Scottsdale Artist School in the beautiful surroundings of Grand Teton National Park. Another 5 day workshop will be conducted in the rural setting of Spring City Utah in June, this one will be through Kings Cottage Gallery in Salt Lake City. He is a highly sought out instructor and painting demonstrator with a national following. For many years John  wrote a monthly column to help aspiring artists get reliable information and learn basic procedures that are often hard to find in contemporary art curriculums; the name of the free on line art ezine is 15bytes. John also has written regular features on plein air painting for Fibonacci Fine Arts Digest and Plein Air Magazine’s on line newsletter – Outdoor Painter. If you would like to schedule a workshop or make a purchase, John can be contacted at: johnhughesstudio@yahoo.com

Artists Statements

“I think it is sometimes more effective to say a lot with less than to diminish a work with more and more things; painters often find that less is more in that sense”.

“The landscape has always held a particular fascination for me, but I paint and consider all subjects worthy of my artistic attention.”

“Capturing the effect of light in a painting does more to convey a sense of reality than all the detail an artist can heap on a canvas.”

“In painting, the literal gives meaning to the abstract but, the abstract gives beauty to the literal; combined, the two transcend what could not be accomplished alone.”

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  • Years painting in the eucalyptus fields and mountains of southern California where he lived in the 1980s.
  • The late Don Miles and others of the California plein air school.
    “Don studied with Sam Hyde Harris, one of the early California Impressionists and I am glad to be connected to them in a sort of artistic genealogy through his guidance.”
  • Dick Heichberger, Wally Fisher, Paul Strisik, Ted Goerschner, Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Zhang Win Xen and George Strickland are among the many painters John has painted or studied with over the years.


  • First Place – “Main Street Paint Out,” MidWay, Utah
  • Artist Choice Award Midway Plein Air Paintout
  • Artist of the Year – Big Bear, California
  • First place – “Best and the Brightest Show,” Scottsdale Artists School
  • The Gallery Award of Excellence – Park City Gallery Association, Park City, Utah
  • Quick Draw Winner – Alliance for the Varied Arts – Cache Valley, Utah


  • A signature member of the Plein Air Painters of Utah
  • Teaches at the Salt Lake Community College
    course title: “Fundamentals of Landscape Painting”
  • A year and a half project painting murals for the LDS Church, Utah
    “After that experience, painting large has taken on a new meaning”
  • Instructor: Scottsdale Artist School
  • Featured Article in 15Bytes ezine
  • Feature in Weber Studies Magazine
  • He has been written about in publications such as:
  • “Art of the West”
  • “Bristol Bay Times” of Alaska, (where he was flown in with several other Utah artists to float back country rivers painting scenes for a major collector.)
  • Additionally, Vern Swanson and the late Robert Olpin wrote John up in the book “Artists of Utah.”
  • Judge of art show(2011), Alliance for the Varied Arts – Cache Valley, Utah
  • Judge Utah State Fair
  • Judge Taylorsville City Art Show

Galleries and Shows:

  • Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Montgomery/Lee Gallery (formerly the Taminah Gallery) of Park City, Utah
  • Apple Frame Gallery – Bountiful, Utah
  • Whistle Pik Gallery’s Miniature Show
  • Williams Fine Art Gallery Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Top 100 Show of the Arts for the Parks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    (featured four times)
  • Oil Painters of America National Shows
    (featured three times)
  • Featured at canvaspanels.com the Source Tek Company’s website, the source for artists panels for the plein air painter