John Baughman

Artist John Baughman was born in Michigan in 1947. As he grew, he immersed himself in the rich traditions of the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were passions and he spent much of his free time camped on the banks of Michigan’s great trout streams.

My images come from nature. Landscape, the abstraction of natural forms and the fluidity of natures’ elements are what I attempt to interpret.

An avid fly fisherman, I have long been fascinated with the transparencies of water. I work with color in the same way, layering color in thin fluid veils and build my images from the bottom of the streambed up.

Creating rich textural images, I want to invite the observer to look beneath the surface and engage nature from another point of view.

A meandering path brought John to his career as an artist. Military service in the late 60’s and studies in several universities left him with lots of ideas and a sincere desire to express them. He began his art career by forming a consulting business, representing artist’s work to private and corporate clients. Meeting, falling in love and working alongside his wife, Janet provided him with a platform to make a change and become a full time studio artist. John and Janet formed Marshwood Studios in 1984, and began building relationships with leading publishers and distributor’s in the fine art field.

John’s work is a reflection of nature. Landscape imagery combined with abstractions of natural forms define his paintings. Veils of color reminiscent of flowing water compose the complex layers of his work. Baughman has explored lithography, silk screen printing, etching and handmade paper but has worked exclusively in mixed media oil and encaustic on canvas and paper since the late 1980’s.

John’s work is elegant and strong and has been widely exhibited and included in many private and corporate collections worldwide. Because John and Janet’s artwork works so well together, many times it is used in proximity within corporate and private installations. Their art has also found its place in popular culture, being used on the sets of many of today’s popular television shows, commercials and movies.

Selected list of Commissions and collections

  • Stein & Stein PC, Beverly Hills, CA., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Excell Sports Management, NY, NY.
  • State of Florida Capital Bldg. Tallahassee, FL.
  • John Hopkins Univ. Hospital, Annapolis, MD.
  • Republican National Committee Headquarters, Washington DC
  • Dominoes Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • New Jersey Bell, Secaucus, NJ.
  • American United Life Insurance, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Ford Motor Company, Detroit, MI.

Selected commissions and collections

  • Kaiser Permanente, Washington, DC
  • Accident Fund Insurance, Lansing, MI.
  • IBM Land, Chicago, IL.
  • Pillsbury Corporation, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Nynex, NY, NY.
  • Hyatt Corporation, Chicago, IL.
  • CoStar, White Marsh, MD.
  • Amway Corporation, Ada, MI.
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, NY, NY.
  • Steelcase, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Sheraton Corporation, Dallas, TX.
  • Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Amoco Oil, Chicago, IL.
  • Farmers Insurance Corporation, Caledonia, MI.
  • Marriot Hotel, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Herman Miller, Zeeland, MI.
  • Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Buckley Kolar, Washington DC
  • Northwestern University Hospital, Chicago, IL.
  • Bing Steel, Detroit, MI.
  • Varnum Law, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • TransAmerica Insurance, San Francisco, CA.
  • Jewish Hospital, NY, NY.
  • MTV, NY, NY.
  • Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, IL.
  • Jackson National Headquarters, Lansing, MI.
  • World at Work, Washington DC
  • Bond Beebe, Bethesda, MD.
  • Freddie Mac, McLean, VA.
  • Hayworth Inc., Holland, MI.
  • Cunningham-Limp Inc., Grand Rapids, MI.

As well as many private residences nationally and internationally