John Fox Haag
Like many artists I studied fine art and have been painting since I was young. I made a living as a graphic designer for the better part of my adult life. During that time painting took a back seat to design and family. In the early 2000’s that changed. Graphic design no longer kept my interest and I redirected my creative pursuits to making art.
Twenty-five years of design continue to serve me well. The formal aspects that I employed as a designer are the same principals that are at the foundation of my paintings. Organizing space, working with color, and form play are at the core of what I do. I work in oil and watercolor, enjoying each medium and their own challenges.
Since 2003 I have been showing my work in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Fe, and Palm Springs. The future is bright and I look forward to where my work takes me.
My family remains my inspiration.
What kind of public art project do I want to work on?
After exploring many subjects, I am excited to be delving into public art. I am proposing a theme for the eight benches at the Palm Springs Airport. Each of the benches I will paint will feature notable pilots and the planes they flew. As the first African American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen are the pilots for whom I am submitting two samples. Pancho Barnes, pioneer aviator and a founder of the first movie stunt pilots’ union, is the other pilot for whom I am submitting two more samples. Other pilots I am considering are the following: Bessie Coleman – the first African American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license, Jacqueline Cochran – test pilot and racing champion, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhart, and the Wright Brothers. Using archival photographs as reference I will paint each bench to capture the subjects and their aircraft.