In his many travels, John Davis Held spent several months living in an African Hut, before hitch-hiking across Europe to paint the cathedrals, castles, and countryside.
His work often has an extraordinary sense of light, and is deeply spiritual. His paintings convey feelings of joy, lightness of spirit, and somehow, a sense of both peace and excitement simultaneously.
John Davis Held is known for his luminous work in pastel and oil, and has had One Man Shows at the Antreasian Gallery, NIH, the Troika Gallery, and Gallery D'May. He is represented by the Troika Gallery, the Gallery D'May, and the New Canaan Gallery. He has appeared on CBS and Fox news, and his art was featured last year on MPT Artworks as well as being displayed on the 60 foot Jumbotron across from Penn Station in Baltimore.
"My wife and I are a real team," the artist says. "She gives me the foundation to create the tranquil, harmonious work that you see here on this site. It is due to her efforts and determination that I am in the galleries that I am in. We are truly partners, and I am very, very fortunate to have her.
After several years living in Seattle, he now lives in a historic Tudor home in Baltimore with his beautiful wife and their three cats.