Chester County, PA native John Pompeo is a self-taught artist, “born with a crayon in my hand”. However, he wasn’t always a painter. He initially gravitated toward science, earning a BS degree in Biology. But ten years in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a biochemist left him feeling lost and longing to re-connect with the artist that had always been there, patiently waiting to re-emerge. In 2001 he decided to make a drastic career change and started a mural business, eventually creating smaller works on canvas. The events of 9/11 occurred after only a month into the career change, serving to strengthen his resolve and steer him in the direction of natural and peaceful subject matter.
The subjects he is inspired to paint usually have one thing in common…a sense of serenity. He is in love with the countryside surrounding his studio in idyllic Chester County, PA. The woods, creeks, rolling hills and farmland provide endless points of artistic exploration. Each new painting starts with a walk, bike ride or drive. Eventually, something makes him stop in his tracks as he enthusiastically tries to capture a feeling with photos, sketches and sometimes a Plein-air study. He considers these “notes” that he then take back to his studio to play with. His intention is always to produce pieces that inspire, awaken, and soothe, whether they are briefly being viewed in a gallery, or contributing to the harmonious energy of a client’s living room.