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 embarked on a retirement that would continue to concentrate on art but this time on my own terms. My "post career" period found me teaching art for several years at a community college, then officially retiring. Only now have I started to branch out and take this ship, Lake FX Studio, out for a sail.
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.
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. I also have started to join other plein air groups and expand my contacts. Hopefully I may see more and more of my friends in the woods and outdoor areas I frequent.