John was born into a hundred year family tradition of artists beginning with his great- grandmother through to his three children. John was instructor of Art at the Albion Summer School of Art through Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA. for 25 years. His son Bryan Hewitts’ work can be seen at onecolorday.com and daughter Jacquelyn on facebook. The Rasmussen Gallery of the Pacific Union College featured the family in a show called “Generations- a hundred years of art” in 2004. John became inspired to begin painting at Pacific Union College by Vernon Nye, then chair of the Art Department. He continued extensive study with Vernon and several other leading watercolorists of the California School of painting. Teachers and mentors include Millard Sheets and George Post. In 1994 Vernon Nye asked John to assist and later to headline the Albion school summer classes sponsored by the college. The art school has was in existence over 50 years. John has exhibited in over 130 juried national shows in past 20 years with over 30 awards. His accolades include signature membership in Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Texas Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society and others. To obtain signature status one must be accepted into three years of juried competitions. John began teaching 30 years ago by invitation of the College of the Redwoods in Fortuna, CA and continues now with several workshops yearly. My emphasis now is on international workshop art tours I have led three in Italy and one in Scotland and most recently Greece. My lifelong friend Leland Yialelis plans and organizes the Greek trips superbly with tours of historic sites mingled with knock out painting sites, I plan more in Croatia, Russia and Greece.
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