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Lived/Active: California/District Of Columbia      Known for: landscape and coastal marine painting

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John Comer
Crystal Cove and South Swell
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Biography from Waterhouse Gallery:
Born in Washington D.C., John Comer moved to Southern California in 1956, where he grew up surfing the beaches of Orange County and hiking the arroyos and hills. He received his first box of oil paints on his two 13th birthday, and has spent his life pursuing his two passions: art and the sea.

His professional career began in 1968 and has been intermingled with sailing and painting voyages to the Caribbean, Central America, The Pacific Ocean and Africa. Comer paints the landscapes of California, both as it has been created by nature and has it has been altered by man. He paints wildflowers, forests and beaches, as well as freeways, on-ramps and apartment buildings.

His work covers the spectrum of the California landscape, from wilderness to city, paying homage to the idyllic light that has captivated generations of California painters.

John Comer graduated from the University of Santa Barbara of California.  In 1988, Comer met Ray Strong through fellow painter Michael Drury, whose influence became instrumental in Comer's career development.

His collectors include Jeff Bridges, George Stern, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and The Nature Conservancy of Catalina Island.  Comer has had many solo exhibitions with the latest including the "Land & Legacy" Monterey Museum of Art;  Fine Art Dealers of America Show, LA;  and "on Location in Malibu" - C.A.C. Phippen Museum, AZ.

Biography from George Stern Fine Arts:

John Comer was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948.  When he was five years old, his family moved to Southern California where Comer spent his days swimming and surfing in the Pacific.  He began painting at the age of 13 after receiving a box of paints for his birthday, and he attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa where he studied painting with Donna Sharkey and printmaking, etching, serigraphy, and drawing with Bruce Piner.  He continued his education in painting with Robert Frame at Santa Barbara City College in 1968 and studied printmaking with Stephen Cortwright and painting and drawing with Irma Cavat at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1969.

In the 1970s, while quickly achieving success as a landscape artist in the Santa Barbara region, Comer pursued a second love, the sea, during the 1970’s.  Working as a commercial fisherman off the Channel Islands and sailing his boat "Debonair" in the Pacific and Caribbean gave him a great appreciation for atmosphere.  He says, "I’ve seen a lot of weather, its almost like the landscape is secondary; the weather is the most important thing. It affects what you see and don’t see--the colors and shapes."

In 1985 Comer painted with Julian Ritter in Ritter’s studio on Maui, Hawaii, and between 1992 and 1994, he worked with Ray Strong in Strong’s studio in Santa Barbara.  In the past few years, his work has been the subject of a number of important group and one man shows throughout California.  He actively exhibits at George Stern Fine Arts and with the Oak Group.  His paintings are widely sought after and appear in many important collections thoughout the world. 

John Comer currently resides in Morro Bay with his wife Lesley and their son Reef.

Member: California Art Club, Oak Group

“Landscape painting for me is about light on the land and water. The shadows reveal the forms and the forms are a record of the folding of mountains, the cutting of water, and the geological layers of time. The painting is the record of the experience of the painter and the land, weather, and particular time. ‘Where it is...What it is’” J.C.

---Biographical information provided by the artist.


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