JOHN SMEBY, BIO/STATEMENT
John Smeby is a nature photographer with a "restless spirit" . . . he finds joy in turning a car wash photo into a framed work of art; he loves to "tinker" with digital technology when editing his nature photography; and he appreciates the challenge of improving as an artist year in and year out.
John was raised in Pasadena, and spent summers growing up at Camp O'Ongo in Running Springs. He now lives both in Fawnskin, in a small cabin on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, or in Yucaipa, depending on the time of year.
He has shown in Artisans, Etc. gallery, infusionartworks in Redlands, and currently is a resident artist in Neal Parisi's Wild Coyote Gallery in Big Bear Lake. John recently published his first hardcover art book, titled "fusionart".
He has displayed in countless outdoor festivals, including Art for Heaven's Sake in Redlands, and in cities like Big Bear, Fontana, Oak Glen and Yucaipa. In whatever spare time he can find, he likes to travel, spend time with family and create art; he recently retired from SBCUSD after 23 years in education.