John is a third-generation New Mexican. His grandfather, Chester De Puy, came to the Southwest in the 1880s and ran a grain mill in Mora, New Mexico. John’s parents moved east during the early years of the Great Depression, and John was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1927. The family soon returned to New Mexico, where Taos, with its surrounding area, became the home that John would always return to; it is where he lives today.
In Johns words, the two greatest influences on my work have been Expressionism and the Southwest. Expressionism has influenced me as a tradition, beginning with Edvard Munch and Van Gogh and continuing through German Expressionists. In this tradition, I translate visual perception to an inner experience, which is manifested in paint.
The Southwest and its native peoples are the immediate source of my work. This land speaks of a time sense other than our western European lineal time. It is this land, its beauty, its myths and its dreams of wholeness that nourish me.
Finally, I owe more than I can ever express to the support and love of my wife, Isabel, who is in her own right a fabulous artist.