Michigan artist, John Vassallo
 

For many years, I found some way to parlay my art skills to earn a living. Many difficulties forced me to adapt to new ways to use art for this purpose. I began Lake FX Studio following my voluntary departure from the corporate culture. After what seemed like a career of endless challenges, I somehow achieved a basic retirement plan that would include continuing with art but this time on my own terms. While I currently teach art, I will continue to do so for a duration that suits my goals as an artist. Only now have I started to branch out and take this ship, Lake FX Studio, out for a sail.

My visit to Heiner Hertling's studio, one which he designed himself, was a singular thrill for me. His work was everywhere and inspiring to see.

My visit to Heiner Hertling's studio, one which he designed himself, was a singular thrill for me. His work was everywhere and inspiring to see.

Exhibiting work at Taylor Yoga with some fellow artists.  June, 2011

Exhibiting work at Taylor Yoga with some fellow artists.  June, 2011

About: Artist, John Vassallo

I feel that I have always been an artist.  I began using my newly discovered talent to shape my path in elementary school. The attention it gave me continued to feed my desire to get better. By the time I reached college I aimed for a creative career which led me to work at various positions that included graphic artist, technical illustrator, CAD and industrial designer, and eventually I established Lake FX Studio as a freelance conduit for commercial work but always looking ahead to my aspirations as a fine artist.

Getting outdoors, meeting other artists, appreciating my freedom and nature.

Getting outdoors, meeting other artists, appreciating my freedom and nature.

My hope is that some of the art I have created during my lifetime will be a source of happiness and good memories to those it has touched.

One great thing about being an artist is that you are doing something that, for the most part, brings a smile or stirs emotion to those that experience it. My hope is that some of the art I have created during my lifetime will be a source of happiness and good memories to those it has touched. I have been fortunate that art has brought me into contact with many people from whom I have learned and elevated my appreciation for the creative process. An example of this is my outings with the Michigan Plein Air Painters where I met Heiner Hertling, a noted artist.  The opportunity to visit his studio was inspirational and further stoked my urge to create all the work I could.

Out in the metro parks hanging with Mick Mastal.

Out in the metro parks hanging with Mick Mastal.