Encouraged by the wealth of landscape and artist interpretation in the Bay Area as well as such early experiences as Van Gogh’s exhibition at De Young Museum in San Francisco, John Poon’s appreciation of art emerged at an early age. A childhood full of drawing and painting foreshadowed an artistic future. After completing four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, he attended and graduated from Academy of Art University, winning numerous student awards and scholarships. After graduation, Poon accepted the Academy’s offer to become an instructor of painting and drawing, and eventually served as Director of Foundations overseeing the core Drawing and Color and Design classes. Poon believes in the importance of an academic grounding in the basic principles of art and adheres to the classical premises of art education. He values his teaching and administrative experiences as having increased his perspective as an educator and artist. Poon’s works reflect his inspired appreciation of landscape. His paintings can be found in numerous private collections across the country. He is represented by Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado; The Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, California; The Legacy Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming; The Rowe Gallery in Sedona , Arizona and The Walls Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina. His numerous professional awards and honors include “Best of Show” Society of Western Artists; Arts for the Parks Annual National Juried Exhibition; The Artist Magazine Annual National Juried Competition; Sonoma Plein Air; Sedona Plein Air; and The Rocky Mountain Annual Plein Air Paint Out. Poon lives in Liberty, Utah with his wife Jenny, their six children along with Momo their cat.