Hello! My name is John Vance and I am an Illustrator / Painter / Teaching Artist and Muralist. I graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2004. I use my own photographs collaged together with movie stills and found images as inspiration for my Illustrations, with which my aim is to encapsulate fleeting moments and intangible memories into permanent tangible image objects. Enamored with bright colors and lines, I invite any observers of my work to move from the rendered focal points into abstract backgrounds and back again, riding the line between realism and abstraction. I see my art, including my evolution as an artist, as a work in progress. In addition to creating my own art, I work with youth art programs at the Portland Child Art Studio in northwest Portland, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest College of Art in northwest Portland, Oregon, Village Home Learning Center in Beaverton, Oregon and Skyline Middle School in northwest Portland, Oregon.