Art through the Generations - . . . from teacher to students
John Minchin (born February 11, 1929)
John Minchin -- known as “Jack” among his Coronado High School classmates -- was one of Esther Painter Hagstrom’s “star” art pupils during the 1940s. -- And with good reason. -- Drawing and painting were in his blood, given his maternal grandfather Arthur L. Mitchell was an accomplished watercolorist in England. His father, John L. Minchin, was an illustrator and architect in Oakland, California.
John Minchin
John Minchin
in his Encinitas studio
Jack Minchin
Jack Minchin
Coronado High School class of 1948
Within a few years of graduating from Coronado High School in 1948, John became well known for painting Native Americans and Western landscapes. His works were already on exhibit in San Francisco. At San Diego State University he changed his major from geology to art and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1953.
John worked as an architect and consultant in Rancho Santa Fe for many years. He remodeled his office there -- a Lilian Rice original -- into the “La Flecha” house. He now maintains a studio in Encinitas. (Rice is the architect who helped develop Rancho Santa Fe.
John’s strong interest in geology is reflected in his sculptures as well as in his bold scenic paintings of desert, mountains and California coastline. Some of his watercolors are inspired by his travels to Egypt, Greece, Mexico and the South Pacific.
A self-described “self-taught” artist, John has studied the works of Rex Brandt, Phil Dyke, Ted Kautzky, Dong Kingman, Millard Sheets and Milford Zornes. John is a member of numerous organizations, including the San Diego Art Guild.
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(Please click on the "thumbnails" below to view John Minchin's watercolors.)
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