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 John Sinclair Manson  (1927 - 2012)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Florida      Known for: impressionist landscape painting, advertising art, magazine publishing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is the obituary of the artist, published in the The Gazette, Colorado Springs, February 16, 2012.

It's with a heavy heart we share with you the passing of John Sinclair Manson on February 12th 2012. He is survived by his wife Betty of 32 years, his sister Jean, his two daughters (Jennie & Kirsten), his granddaughter Sam and his four stepsons (Mark, Mike, Randy & Paul) & their families. He is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Kim who passed in 1992 from cancer.

He was an exceptionally beautiful human being who will be missed more than words could possibly express. With his talent for the arts, gregarious nature and entrepreneurial spirit he made the best father and friend to all who knew him. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois in June, 1927 to his Irish Mother and Scottish Father. When he was just out of high school John joined the U.S Navy where much of his free time was occupied with sketching. He had no formal art education until he went to the Layton School of Art in Wisconsin after his military experience. He came to Colorado in the early 60's to ski and fell in love with the state. So, he moved his family to Colorado in 1964.

In the winter of 1974 he launched his magazine dedicated to educating the general public about art and the talented artists who create their visions. It was initially called Artist's of the Rockies and then shortly after was extended to Artist's of the Rockies and the Golden West. Eventually it changed again to Western Art Digest.

John was equally an artist and entrepreneur. Art influenced him and allowed him to take chances to publish his own magazine. As luck would have it the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City started around the same time. Having another organization devoted to the arts helped his magazine become more recognized nationally as well as internationally.

In the years he published the magazine he served as judge at numerous gallery competitions as well as prominent art shows such as the Rendezvous Show in Helena, MT; the Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition in Phoenix; the Ellensburg Art Show in Washington and the American Indian and Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition in San Dimas, CA.

With the astounding success of the magazine came awards such as a gold medal from the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City for best western art magazine. With each new issue off the press he would take a road trip and visit all of his advertisers throughout the West and Southwest. Wherever he went he would take his watercolor pad with him. Western Art Digest rolled off the presses for 13 years until it was sold to his competitor. The magazine was the best in the art category for years. The next project he took on was at his new home in a small, rural community of ranches in Westcliffe, Colorado in 1986. His home became the site for artists' workshops conducted by nationally recognized artists.  Not satisfied with just the art workshops he purchased 180 acres and designed and built a nine-hole golf course which he named St. Andrews in honor of his Scottish heritage.

Many trips abroad to France, Italy, England and Scotland were his inspirations for his paintings during his retirement years. He was also inspired by the beaches near his home in Cape Coral, FL since 1994. Where he also enjoyed spending time on the water in his sailboat. He moved back to Colorado in October of 2011 to be closer to his family. John's favorite quote was by Hippocrates... "Life is short; Art is Long."


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John Sinclair Manson (b.1927)

He was born in Illinois in 1927.  He recalls vividly the day when he became interested in art.  It was a Sunday like any other in 1937 when his parents took him to church and an artist, by the name of Vaughn Shoemaker, was there giving demonstrations to the children. He has followed Shoemaker’s career ever since as well as other favorites such as; Herman Raymond, Fremont Ellis, Bob Lockhead and Alexander Ross to name a few.  He is directly influenced by Impressionistic painters such as Claude Monet.   

Just out of high school Manson joined the U.S Navy where much of his free time was occupied with sketching. He had no formal art education until he went to the Layton School of Art in Wisconsin after his military experience.  He worked in the art departments of various advertising companies in his early years to stay involved with art.

In 1974, after moving out West, he decided to launch his own magazine dedicated to educating the general public about art and the talented artists who create their visions.  It was called Artist’s of the Rockies, which eventually morphed into Western Art Digest.  With the astounding success of the magazine came awards such as a gold medal from the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City for best western art magazine.  

Wherever he went he would take his watercolor pad with him as he still does to this day.  Specializing in landscapes with oil or watercolor, he lives to be outdoors painting en plein aire so he can “capture a moment”, making everything come together in such a way that it can become a major work of art as well as something that viewers can appreciate as fine art.  

Manson moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1994 where he currently enjoys the warm weather, his pool and many fruitful days on the beach at his easel.  John hasn’t forgotten Colorado and returns often to paint the mountains.   

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