J. Cacciola Gallery W Presents…

Past Meets Present – Paintings of John C. Traynor

As a young artist, John C. Traynor was fascinated with the Old Masters, specifically Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Albrecht Durer. A pivotal moment for Traynor occurred when he discovered the influential work of George Inness: “There was a large show of Inness paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I went to with my father when I was 18. He is one of the artists that still inspires me.” According to John C. Traynor, “As I matured as an artist, I became interested in some of the American Impressionist and Tonalist painters. Some of my favorites were Fredrick Mulhaupt, John F. Carlson and Edgar Payne.” Traynor’s defined brushstrokes hearken to Payne’s vivid landscapes. Others such as Corot, Monet, and Manet encouraged him to go outside and paint landscapes. In addition, some of the figurative artists he related to early on were Sargent, Sorolla and Bouguereau.

Prior to World War I, many American artists went to Europe to paint and teach classes. After the war, artist colonies starting popping up here in the United States, particularly in New Hope PA, Old Lyme CT, Cornish NH, Dublin NH and Ogunquit ME.  Traynor comments: “These were of great interest to me and I studied many of these startup colonies of impressionist painters. I can relate to many of these artists because they painted outdoors as well as in studios lit by Northern Light, using the same principles of painting that I use.” In addition, there were many other colonies of painters across the country including Brown County, Indiana; and Carmel and Laguna Beach, California.


“This exhibition brings a fresh perspective to the historical significance not only of Modern art, but of contemporary artists such as John C. Traynor, who keep these traditions alive through their own work. There are no clichés in Traynor’s work; only unadulterated aesthetic beauty left simply to be enjoyed and embraced for its quiet, unassuming simplicity.” {J. Cacciola Gallery W}

Path Less Taken – oil on linen – 18×24

John C. Traynor Save the Date Cacciola Mar2018[3]


Goodbye to 2017: A Year in Review

A Year in Review: 2017

Dear Friends,

Reflecting on 2017, a year filled with many opportunities and successes come to mind. Early in 2017, I was very fortunate to join friends on a trip to the ‘Holy Land’ and enjoy its vast landscapes. Standing on the ground where the Beatitudes or supreme blessedness were spoken for the first time to a crowd fed by seven loaves and a few small fish, I felt indeed blessed to be able to paint and translate to canvas.

In June, I taught a month long class consisting of friends old and new joining me to paint the treasures of New Hampshire’s vistas. Two different exhibitions, one for renowned painter, Lester Stevens & the other my teacher, Frank Mason, invited me to enter my works for display. In addition, it was great catching up with former classmates and friends from my early days as a painter & student in Vermont. The Christina Gallery featured my works in a 20th anniversary exhibition on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard and The Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon held an opening during their ‘First Friday’ gathering in July.

Summer turned into a bounty of fruits and vegetables from the garden reaping not only a delicious feast for the table but a gift on canvas. Also, the Atelier at Flowerfields so graciously offered me another opportunity to teach and display my works of the Stony Brook area. Later in the year a warm, charming and growing Charleston welcomed me with a one-man show at the Ella W. Richardson Gallery.

It was an honor attending two drawing groups; one at Keene State College with Peter Roos and one at the studio of Bruce Blanchette in Walpole. In addition, I painted through most of the year twice a month with the High Street Painters. I enjoyed not only being able to practice my portrait painting but to be in the company of awesome artists. The year had many ups and downs as well. The leg broke off my favorite, outdoor French easel and I am still recovering from three broken ribs from a fall in my studio.

Thank you to all of you that have been so supportive of me and my work.

Looking forward to 2018.

Blessings to all,



A Colorful Harvest – oil on linen – 16×20


Arts Alive – Spotlight, September 2017

Look for my Artist Spotlight featured on the Arts Alive Monadnock blog:


2017 Ewing Arts Awards

Arts Alive! and the Keene Sentinel present awards at the third annual Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards, Wednesday, July 19 at the Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College

2017 Ewing Arts Awards magazine featured the painting “High Dunes-10th Hole at Chambers Bay” for the cover art.

Impressionist and landscape artist John C. Traynor spent his early years in New Jersey, but did not lead the life of a typical young person.

Intrigued by art at a young age, Traynor hurried through his schooling, finished high school a year early and was accepted into the Art Students League of New York as a merit scholar, with teacher Frank Mason.  The summer before attending the Paier College of Art in New Haven, Conn., Traynor also spent time with Mason in Stowe, Vt., honing his landscape painting techniques.

“My time in Vermont was heavily influential on the rest of my painting career”, says Traynor.  After his first trip to Stowe, the young artist would return to the same residency the following five years.  He holds fond memories of his host family in Vermont who were also artists.

“In the evenings, I would come home and would be blessed with a few solitary hours in their studio,” he says, the delight at this thought seemingly unsurpassable.

Today, he keeps a close and intimate connection with New England’s landscape at his home and studio in Swanzey.  He follows in Mason’s footsteps by “giving back” to the art community as a teacher himself.  He loves watching the world in a new way through his pupils’ eyes as they paint the same scenes he knows already.

Traynor was young when he finished his schooling, just 20, but his fierce determination to make a name for himself in the art world spurred him on.  Tirelessly, he would schlep his paintings to outdoor art shows all over the Northeast where he would sell a few pieces to get by.

More importantly, he began networking with collectors and began climbing the totem pole in the art realm.  His hard work paid off and he began showing in many galleries; an array that today spans the United States.

It is easy to get lost in the composure and tranquility of Traynor’s unique immersion in realism and atmospheric impressionism.  His remarkable talents extend to every genre; landscape, still life and portraiture.  His ability to connect emotionally with humans and deeply with the land is exceedingly apparent through his work, which often stirs memories of tender moments or distant reminiscences in the hearts and minds of the viewer.

“I’m not into making big worldly statements about politics or life,” says Traynor of his work.  He seeks beauty, internalizes it and renders it in the best way he knows.  For this artist, sharing the delights he finds in the world around him is his pure ambition – the rest is left to the viewer to interpret, make sense of or place judgment.

Traynor also gained much of his inspiration from his many trips to Ireland.  His first venture to the Emerald Isle took place when he was 18.  Resembling any adolescent knee-deep in an identity crisis, Traynor left his six brothers and sisters behind in search of his roots.  He loved the solitary and sweet meandering, following the whims of his desire, as he biked across the countryside, camping and stopping to paint the scenes that tickled his senses.

Traveling still holds an important role in Traynor’s painting career and many of his works are motivated by his expeditions to Ireland, Holland, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Austria, Israel and many locations across the United States, including Hawaii.  That said, the nomadic artist always returns to his New England studio.

And what a studio it is.  Designed by Traynor himself, the space’s lofty ceilings, enormous windows and heavy wood create an airy, yet cozy and rustic feel.  In the center of the studio, the dark wood of a beautifully carved table sets apart the golden frames that protect the artist’s deep-toned oil painting that line the walls and sit propped against easels or chairs.

“It’s a big step up from my last studio,” Traynor jokes, referring to an old drafty barn with a small wood stove he occupied a few years ago.

Nonetheless, even with the newer space, modern lighting included, Traynor still relies on sunlight to dictate his work days.  “I prefer natural light.  My paintings look different when I work by artificial light,” he says making a face.

Along this same vein, the artist has noticed the change in his art as his eyesight deteriorates.  He doesn’t seem to mind.  In fact, he likens the predicament to that of Monet and his “Water Lilies” or Dega and his increasingly coarsened shadowing.  “So, my style has changed,” he said with a slight smile. “I like it.”

Traynor once tried wearing one contact in his right eye to better his vision “My art looked like it did 10 years ago!” he said.  “That’s creepy.”

So, the artist makes peace with his vision and continues on, choosing to see the changes in his art as progression, rather than regression.

Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank DuMond award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club, of which he is a member.  He is also an inductee into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and attained the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.

He is inspired by his beautiful gardens, the covered bridge down the street from his Swanzey home (which he admits to having painted over and over again, year after year), people and landscapes.  He works from perspectives that are influenced by old master painters, such as the American tonality painters and French Impressionist artists.

Traynor and his wife, Liz, can be found hitting the snowy slopes with their skis in the winter months, playing a round of golf in the summer or wrists deep in the rich soil of their flower beds at home.  However, most days, as soon as the sun peeks its face over the treetops surrounding their property, Traynor is hard at work in his studio, finding the rich beauty in everyday life and fervently putting brush to canvas to share both what he sees and how he sees with the rest of the world.   (by Annika Kristiansen, photo by Michael Moore)


Traynor Landscape Painting Class 2017

The Early Years with Frank Mason

Painting started in a class that Mason painted on (oil on panel 8 x 10, private collection)


In 1978, at the age of 16, my father drove me from Mendham, New Jersey to Stowe, Vermont to study landscape painting with Frank Mason. The class met three times a week for four weeks in June. The days the class didn’t meet, I would paint on my own or with other students.

Painting outside on location from nature, also known as ‘plein-air’ borrowed from the French, would be the format of the class. We painted different times during the day mostly early morning or late afternoon; one class devoted to a moonscape. Frank taught myself and the other students the basic principles of landscape painting. More importantly, he taught us how to create three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface using color and value. After a month of painting outside with this instruction, you begin to see the whole world differently. As a result of this teaching, I remember the ride back south to New Jersey looking at the colors in the hills with a newfound awareness and appreciation for the quality of light and atmosphere of the outdoors.

Frank learned these principles of painting when he was sixteen in Old Lyme, Connecticut where his teacher Frank DuMond spent the summers painting and teaching . Between the two of them, they taught countless students spanning 120 years. Following tradition, I am offering a four week class which includes their teaching principles of landscape painting.  The class will be taught in southwestern New Hampshire where I paint and reside. In addition, we will be painting outside on location using the same palette of colors that DuMond and Mason used.  This palette is known as the DuMond Palette or Prismatic Palette.

For information on the class, please call 603-357-7437 for availability.


PASO ARTSFEST in Paso Robles, CA on May 28th

John’s paintings have arrived!

Celebrating the arts every Memorial Day Weekend in beautiful Paso Robles, California, PASO ARTSFEST takes place on Saturday, May 28 and features an Outdoor Fine Art Show & Sale filled with some of the most talented plein air artists in the US and beyond, a Local Stars Quick-Draw, the Kids Art Smart Zone, CREATEspace for adults, live music and performances and the best wine bar in the area.

Paso Robles is located on the Central Coast of California, almost exactly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and 30 minutes from the Pacific coast.

The Festival in the Park is ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
See “Events” tab for more fun events throughout the weekend.




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John Traynor Demonstration at AAPL 87th Exhibition

John Traynor Demonstration at AAPL 87th Exhibition

John was ask to do a demonstration for the American Artists Professional League below is a link to his demonstration. Enjoy!



Artmatch4u – Artist of the Month – March 2016

John was chosen as March 2016 – Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month – March 2016
John Traynor

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John Traynor

John Traynor began his art studies at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. From there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York with Frank Mason, studied landscape painting with Mason in Vermont, and also spent a year studying sculpture in Italy.


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Sounds of Broadway
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 36″

Having completed his studies by the time he was twenty years old, Traynor was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist, he started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities for him with art galleries.


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Riomar Live Oaks, Vero Beach
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″

Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. He was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.



Field of Flowers
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 36″

Traynor has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, and Hawaii. He currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife, Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire his paintings.

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Morning Glow
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″

A skilled painter of every genre –– landscape, still life, and portraiture –– Traynor combines a blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism which sets his work apart from others. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is his ability to connect emotionally with others through his work.


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The Hills of Carmel Valley
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 30″

Traynor is inspired by what he sees around him, whether it’s flowers from his garden, people in his life, a landscape or a seascape. His interpretation of subject matter, his use of light and atmospheric effect, is influenced by many of the old master paintings. A richness and fullness to his work that is “old world” yet contemporary is the mark of his unique style.

John’s works are on display in several galleries across North America.

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John Traynor in his studio


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Show: April 9th, 2016 in Boston, MA

“Figuratively Speaking” at

The Haley & Steele Gallery at 162 Newbury Street in Boston MA

Reception Saturday, April 9th, 2016 from 10:30am to 5pm 

on view through April 23rd


John has an unique ability for portraying the human art form and capturing the personalities of his subjects. Come view for yourself the emotion and stories behind each painting in this collection.

“I visited John’s studio last year and was completely swept away by a group of figurative paintings he was working on.  I told John I had to have these paintings in our gallery to show this new direction he discovered. I’m truly fortunate he agreed to a one man show featuring these new figurative works at our gallery in Boston”.

 – Bill Craig, Owner of Haley & Steele Gallery


“Mother & Child”, 20″x 16″


“Afternoon Pint”, 24″x36″

Underpainting has begun!

The underpainting has begun!

From O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore Ireland.