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John was born in 1936 (gosh he looks good for an old man) in Fond Du Lac Wisconsin (where the @%#* is that?). His mother was an artist & his father a writer. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he moved to Chicago IL, Glens Falls NY, Pelham Manor NY & Saint Just Puerto Rico by the time he was ten.

He received a BA in English from Union College in Schenectady NY & taught English, Spanish & Art for four long years. In 1963 he quit his job, moved to NYC, took various courses at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and began his freelance Art career. He has been creatively unemployed ever since. The unfortunate result of that misguided compulsion fills the following pages.
You may have seen his work in Tiffany & Co., Bonwit Teller, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, The Museum of Contemporary Crafts NYC, The Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville FL & various publications: House & Garden, American Home, Playboy, Asheville Citizen Times, Yancey Common Times Journal, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, The London Times, Folio & the prestigious Saint Augustine Record to name a few.He has also subjected the unsuspecting public to his art in his various gallery stores: Impressions in Long Branch NJ, The Temple of Great Art No Spitting in Saint Augustine FL, and Yummy Mud Puddle in Provincetown MA, Nyack NY & now Burnsville NC. Enjoy the madness!
~Galleries & shops where you can find John's work~

North Carolina

  • Art Walk, Boone
  • 87 Ruffin, Linville
  • Black Mountain Ironworks, Black Mountain
  • Grapevine Ltd, Burnsville
  • Grovewood Gallery, Asheville
  • Oaks Gallery, Dillsboro
  • Southern Highland Guild Folk Art Center, Asheville
  • Guild Crafts, Asheville
  • Parkway Craft Center, Blowing Rock
  • Toe River Arts Council Gift Shops, Burnsville and Spruce Pine
  • Cottage Craftsman, Bryson City
  • Drew Deane Gallery, Brevard
  • Fiddlestix, Mars Hill
  • The Gallery, Rutherfordton
  • Kathleen's, Saluda
  • Kala, Morganton
  • Mellow Mushroom, Asheville
  • One of a Kind, Micaville

Virginia

  • Blowfish Emporium, Bristol

Tennessee

  • Art & Invention, Nashville
  • Jonesborough Art & Glass, Jonesborough
  • Arrowcraft Guild Shop, Gatlinburg
  • Startrails, Kingsport

South Carolina

  • Christopher Park Gallery, Greenville

Florida

  • Random Acts of Art, Naples
  • Baobab Tree, Bradenton
  • Crossed Palms Gallery, Bokeelia
  • Ocean Reef Art League, Key Largo


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Yummy Mud Puddle
Claudia Dunaway and John D. Richards
264 Clear View Lane  Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6567
  yummymud@frontier.com