Plein Air Festival

Juror: John Cosby

John Cosby headshot

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome John Cosby as the juror for the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival. He will judge the entries based on technique, style, concept, composition and originality.

As a painter Cosby travels extensively, painting what he sees and feels. Bold use of color and an energetic brush stroke, combined with the truth of the place, is what one will see and feel when viewing a painting by Cosby.

Born in Hollywood, California, in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west. At an early age he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have been inspired by a grandmother who was an oil painter. “She would give me the paint, some brushes and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint. This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting,” exclaimed Cosby.

Cosby also started traveling at an early age. At 18 he was chosen as an advance man for the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, served under two Presidents and traveled the world. He met many notable people and saw many things, but what most interested him were the great works of art he encountered. “They haunted me and helped set the course of my career as a painter.” After leaving the White House, Cosby rebuilt an old classic sailing sloop designed by Nathaniel Herrishoff. With a friend (who had dreams of being a writer) Cosby set sail up and down the Eastern seaboard in the inland waterway for three years. Thus he began his art career.

Cosby currently resides and maintains a studio in San Clemente, CA. He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. Cosby was a founding board member of the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a Signature member of both Plein Air Painters of America and The California Art Club. He has served as an officer of these groups to help further the cause of art. Cosby was also a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational that was held at the Laguna Art Museum for thirteen years and is now in its 18th year.