John C. Pitcher at work
John C. Pitcher

John Pitcher approaches his art with confidence and originality. For over twenty-five years he has expressed his passion for the natural world through beautifully detailed paintings. Pitcher's success in portraying the world's natural beauty lies in his experience as a naturalist. By keeping field journals, which contain notes and drawings of plants and habitat, and by making field sketches and taking reference photos he assembles the details for the final work, experimenting with composition and calling back to life the original inspiration behind the painting.

Raised in Portage, Michigan, John enjoyed family camping trips and developed a keen interest in anything wild - especially birds of prey and snakes! Following a stint in Vietnam he launched his art career in Alaska. Twelve years later he moved to western Washington and a dozen years later he moved to beautiful Dorset, Vermont where he married his artist wife Sue Westin. There they share a studio and operate the Gallery On The Marsh.

White Crowned Pitcher's paintings are exhibited nationally and are in the public collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, University of Alaska Museum, The Bennington Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum. He is an honored member of the Society of Animal Artists and was awarded "Best of Wildlife" in the Arts For The Parks National Competition. In 2000 John and Sue joint exhibited "Kindred Spirits", a show of 73 works, at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum. Pitcher's published works include paintings created for the National Geographic Society, Alaska Northwest Publishing Co., Alaska Geographic, World Book Encyclopedia and limited editions by Artique Ltd., Mill Pond Press, Applejack Limited Editions and The Hamilton Collection.