John Hoesman - Fine Artist

John Hoesman

Woodville, OH - United States








John Hoesman

Woodville, OH - United States

John Hoesman - Fine Artist

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About John Hoesman

I grew up in Woodville, Ohio, on the banks of the beautiful Portage River. Growing up in such a picturesque setting, it is probably no surprise that I showed an early interest in art. My art training came from the Saturday morning art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and from my art and wood shop teachers in middle school, Mr. Rhiel and Mr. Williams. As a young artist, I spent hours trying to accurately draw people's faces. During this time, I also enjoyed drawing real and imaginary species of animals, aircraft, buildings, and other things that interested me. During my college years at Ohio State, I was called upon from time to time to create artwork for my fellow students. These were my first commissions, and, as I recall, I was normally paid in beer. It was during my college years that I started painting using acrylics. I spent most of my spare time painting pictures, and, as my work improved, I even received some commissions from working adults who paid me in money!

After college, I worked at various writing and editing jobs in Ohio and Illinois. While I was living in Hinsdale, Illinois, I attended a local arts and crafts show where I saw the works of a woodcarver. This interested me and, within a few weeks, I had acquired the needed tools and supplies and was creating my own woodcarvings. My first woodcarvings included birds (don't all woodcarvers make ducks?), but I quickly tired of this and returned to that challenge of accurately rendering the human face, only now in three dimensions. My first attempts were primitive, but with practice my work improved. I did my first carvings of football coaches in 1988. By 1996, I had improved to the point where the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl commissioned me to carve the coaches that met in their bowl game, and I continued to do this for several years. Over the years, I have won various awards for my carvings including a best-of-show award for my carving of Ohio State Coach John Cooper at the 1997 Sandusky County Fair and Special Merit Awards from the Caricature Carvers of America at the 2008 'Artistry in Wood' show in Dayton, Ohio and at the Woodcarvers' Show and Sale at Sauder Village. Archbold, Ohio, in 2011. Of course, I also continue to paint and draw and have won a number of awards for my two-dimensional efforts.

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