John Paul Braman
John Paul (Jack) Braman's Paintings of the landscape are more than a
representation of the visual beauty, they express the emotional and spiritual
relationship he feels for the landscape.
As often as possible, Jack loads his backpack with a sketchpad, pencils, a few
paints, and his camera and ventures out into the wilderness to reignite his
passion, and expand on his interrelationship with the landscape.
As Jack hikes further from the confusions of civilization, and deeper into the
natural world where the simplicity of life is realized and transitions are
subtle, all that becomes important is what is experienced along the path. The
mind, tranquilized by the serene sounds, travels to deeper thoughts. The heart,
pierced by the beauty, fills with emotions. The soul, humbled by the realities
of God's creations, celebrates. And for a time, the mind, the heart, and the
soul dance as one.
Not all of Jack's time exploring the landscape is in poetic bliss. Numerous
hours are spent painfully traversing hillsides, maneuvering his way along creeks
where there are no trails, and struggling with the elements.
Whatever pains are experienced, they are overpowered by his quest for a better
understanding of the light, shapes, and colors that collectively provide each
landscape with a unique character.
Whether Jack is out with the landscape or in the solitude of his studio, he
paints with a non-compromising determination to deliver paintings that are
structurally sound, color accurate, and compositionally pleasing. Jack paints
with more than knowledge and understanding. He paints with emotions that give
his paintings life, and a spiritual gratitude that endows his paintings with