John Webb’s inspiration for painting and sculpture finds its roots coming from many sources, but is mainly grounded in realism and mostly influenced by the Renaissance period. The techniques used in his paintings are those of the old masters, layering multiple glazes of translucent paint, preferring to keep his colors dark and intense with a modern twist. Sometimes paintings will have as many as 50 layers of paint to build up depth and create a look that is impossible to achieve with modern painting methods. John is also a very active musician, playing several different instruments and has recorded two CDs. John is also a writer and has published one novel and has attained two masters degrees in education.
One series of hand paintings were a reaction to the tragedies of 9/11 and a major school shooting that happened on the university campus where John was attending and his studio was located. People were hurting and he felt like he wanted to paint something that would remind people of our need for each other and the strength we can draw from that and the source of all life, our Creator. The paintings are done on birch and oak wood panels with several delicate layers of translucent oil paints applied in such a way that the wood grain shows through the paint. He was trying to create a series that would connect us to each other and have an organic connection to nature at the same time.
The Angel series was conceived for an Easter series for Restoration Church with the concept of showing human emotions to the events of the cross and resurrection reflected in the spirit world around us. This vehicle was chosen to remind the viewer that we are connected to the spirit world. That we draw from God and that our actions reflect back to heaven and have eternal consequences that not only affect us, but every other person on the planet as well as into eternity. The paintings are technically a culmination of the various styles John has worked with over the years, with biblical text written on the canvas as a foundation layer, with multiple layers of translucent oil paint layered over the first to build depth.
The inspiration for John's sculptures comes from his life experiences. He attempts to relate these elusive dreams to others through representational abstract forms carved from exotic hardwoods imported from Africa and Brazil. He strives to keep these forms very organic and uses no stains on the wood, keeping only the natural colors. He is currently moving toward the fusion of metal and wood in his sculptural work.