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.



Painting away in the studio…

Painting the day away!


The leaves are just beginning to change here in New Hampshire.

The leaves are beginning to change here in New Hampshire. Just in time for my 5-day class. Happy Fall!

A beautiful fall day!

Day 1. A beautiful fall day!

Painting the afternoon away!

Painting the afternoon away!

5 day class in New Hampshire

5 day class in New Hampshire



Studio Show – Columbus Day weekend – 2015

Studio Show
Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour
24 Railroad Street
Swanzey, New Hampshire


Columbus Day weekend
October 10th & 11th


“City of Light” Show in NYC during the month of September 2015

“City of Light” Recent paintings of New York City along with other works
The Union Club, NYC 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016
Reception – September 21st from 6pm to 8:30pm
Show on display from September 1st – September 30th
Viewing open to the public
No RSVP needed • No jeans please

NYC - The Union League Show