Johno Prascak's Profile

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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where I currently reside with my wife Maria.
No matter the subject, my work can always be described as lively, bold and colorful.

Life, history and the natural world serve as my inspiration; as does my hometown of Pittsburgh. Here, my family roots run deep and it's thrilling to live my life in a city that's big and small at the same time.

My medium of choice is Enamel paints mixed with sand from the Monongahela River. I discovered this unconventional mixture while using art as therapy during an arduous recuperation from surgery. These materials were easily available to me during that time.

I apply many layers of paint incorporating the sand directly on to the canvas using brushes and drips resulting in a unique texture with vibrancy and depth…

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  • Male
  • Born on February 19
  • Joined March 10, 2010

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Paint, sand, wood, metal

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About

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where I currently reside with my wife Maria.
No matter the subject, my work can always be described as lively, bold and colorful.

Life, history and the natural world serve as my inspiration; as does my hometown of Pittsburgh. Here, my family roots run deep and it's thrilling to live my life in a city that's big and small at the same time.

My medium of choice is Enamel paints mixed with sand from the Monongahela River. I discovered this unconventional mixture while using art as therapy during an arduous recuperation from surgery. These materials were easily available to me during that time.

I apply many layers of paint incorporating the sand directly on to the canvas using brushes and drips resulting in a unique texture with vibrancy and depth.

As I reflect on my life, it's my decade-long struggle with Ulcerative Colitis that impacted me most. through surgery, I was given a second chance. I found my path through art. I'm a believer in "giving back", using my art I've been able to work with numerous charities and fundraisers. My hope is when people view my paintings, they find a smile.

I create my paintings on canvas with enamels and sand (from the Monongahela River). Many of the commissioned pieces include special sand from the customer.

People I meet, current events and that little thing called "life" inspire me. Many of my paintings have been reproduced as Limited Edition prints which are available here on Etsy.

Five of my prints are part of the Pittsburgh Collection at the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Three of those five were commissioned by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

My "Hollyhocks" print was part of the set of Will & Grace on NBC, the final episode.

The following original paintings can be found on public display:

1. Heinz Field-The Pittsbrgh Steelers office lobby at Heinz Field.
2. Adam Taliaferro-Miracle in the Making-Penn State Sports Museum.
3. Jim "Soupy"Campbell-U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis,MD.
4. Jim Campbell-Steel Valley High School-Pgh., PA.
5. Carnegie Library of Homestead-Carnegie Library in Munhall, PA.
6. Colors of Carson Street-South Side,PA.
7. 41st Pres.George H.W. Bush Portrait- The George Bush Presidential Library & Museum at Texas A&M.
8. My NEW Pittsburgh skyline painting "The Point" is part of the set of show Pittsburgh Today Live on KDKA TV 2 http://www.kdka.com/ptl

I donate my art, and work with many local and national charities raising much needed funds for their causes with my art. It is important for me to "give back". My art enables me to help others in a unique way.

I simply did not plan any of this. All I had was the will to live, to do well and help others. I have been healthy and happily painting for 27 years. I am so grateful for this fantastic ride!
http://www.johnosart.com

JOHNO

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