John Vance is an Illustrator / Painter / Teaching Artist and Muralist. He graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2004. He uses his own photographs collaged together with movie stills and found images as inspiration for his Illustrations, with which he aims to encapsulate fleeting moments and intangible memories into permanent tangible image objects. Enamored with bright colors and lines, he invites the observer to move from the rendered focal point into abstract backgrounds and back again, riding the line between realism and abstraction. John sees his art, including his evolution as an artist, as a work in progress. In addition to creating his own art, he works with youth art programs at the Portland Child Art Studio in northwest Portland, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest College of Art in northwest Portland, Oregon and Skyline Middle School - also in northwest Portland, Oregon.