john calvin womack
John is a native of Springdale, Arkansas where he graduated from Springdale High School in 1968. He has degrees in art and architecture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (1973) and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma (1994). From 1973 to 1983 he worked with world-renowned architect Fay Jones and in 1983 opened his own architectural office in Fayetteville. In 1987 he became an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School Of Architecture, and in 1995 joined the architecture faculty at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His award-winning architectural designs, drawings and watercolors have been published nationally and internationally and appear in many private collections. His book, Once Upon A Highway, Route 66 in Oklahoma, with text and illustrations by John, was published by New Forums Press in 2006. John retired from OSU in 2016 as Emeritus Professor of Architecture. He now pursues his love of painting in watercolor at his Stillwater studio on Berry Pond.
About Womack's Work:
"The interaction between buildings and landscape has intrigued me for as long as I can remember and my watercolor paintings seek to explore and expand on this relationship. With my background in architecture I am quickly drawn to various types of places in the built environment but barns and other farm structures are especially stimulating to me. Farm buildings display such honesty, common sense, and lack of pretension, all qualities that I greatly admire. As these buildings, usually abandoned and in various stages of decay, merge into the surrounding landscape they create fascinating and ever-changing patterns of light, texture, and color. When viewing and painting these places I can’t help but wonder what human stories they quietly contain and what hidden messages and meanings lie waiting to be discovered or maybe whispered into the inner reaches of our understanding and appreciation."