B i o g r a p h y
John Fawcett was born in 1952 and grew up in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Although his family lived in town, they kept horses nearby. After
his father challenged him to raise half the cost, a ten year old Fawcett became
the proud owner of a mare, Copper, purchased for $150.00. In tandem with his passion
for horses, was a desire to draw and paint. "I was always really interested
in art and my parents were very supportive, but I didn't have any formal art
training. All through high school, college and vet school, I did artwork for
student newspapers and yearbooks, but I never considered art for a
career." Instead, he studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of
New Hampshire and received his doctorate at Iowa State University in 1978.
After working for both an equine and small animal veterinarian, he opened up
his own veterinary practice in 1980 in Pennsylvania where he practiced for the
next 20 years. As his practice grew to a total of 5 veterinarians, his passion
for art grew as well, and he sold his practice in 1996 to paint full time and
pursue his dream.
He and his wife Elizabeth, their two Labrador Retrievers, and four Quarter Horses divide their time between a farm in southern Pennsylvania and a ranch in northern Colorado.