Featured Artist John Held

Light-filled idyllic landscapes by artist John Held convey a sense of peace and serenity. Visit his website to see more of his oils and pastels.


pastel landscape by John Held

“Sunswept” pastel, 20″ x 16″


It was after seeing a Magritte show at the tender age of eleven, and eating the first eclair of my life upstairs in the Member’s Lounge of the Museum of Modern Art, I realized that I was an artist too.


Pastel of a sunset/sunrise by John Held

“The Event” pastel, 16″ x 20″


Let me explain.


oil painting of Niagra Falls by John Held

“Memories of Niagra” oil, 36″ x 24″


When I was a child, I had no idea that my sisters and I were well-behaved. I didn’t realize that most kids who lived in my small town didn’t spend a lot of days in Manhattan exploring the art the city had to offer, and being taken out to the best restaurants in Manhattan.


oil painting of a snow thunderstorm by John Held

“Lightning and Snow” oil, 12″ x 16″


“I’m an artist,” I would tell the other kids on the school bus.

“How can you be an artist when we never see you doing any art?” they would taunt me.


oil painting of a heron by John Held

“Walter” oil, 12″ x 16″


“I’m an artist because I have the vision,” I would reply. And I was right. The three wonderful galleries that represent me now are proof of that.


pastel landscape of the Blue Lakes by John Held

“The Blue Lakes” pastel, 20″ x 16″


My paintings are known for the sense of peace they have, and the way in which I handle light in my work. I have had two shows at the National Institute of Health where I learned that such artwork allows their patients to heal significantly faster.


oil painting still life of a bud vase with yellow flowers by John Held

“The Bud Vase” oil, 12″ x 16″


I am always delighted with how my hands and brushes just seem to know where the paint and pastels need to be as my working day unfolds.


pastel of a seagull in the sky by John Held

“Solo Flight” pastel, 20″ x 16″


As the owner of the Troika Gallery has said, “John Davis Held has a passion for portraying the peaceful essences of the sky, earth, and water. He has the innate ability to translate the ordinary into the extraordinary. His paintings of idyllic scenes bathed in serenity touch your soul.”


oil landscape of a thunderstorm forming in the mountains by John Held

“The Source” oil, 30″ x 30″


My art is living proof to me that there is a wonderful mystery to the universe we live in. My practice in art is a way to probe the edges of this mystery.


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  1. These are all so lovely. My favorite is Solo Flight.

  2. ann marie snyder says

    beautiful sense of color in the Event. Like portrayal of bird in Solo Flight an Walter the blue heron;

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