I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a BFA in painting and illustration, and received an MFA in painting and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. With a Ford Foundation Grant, I went on to study lithography at Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then in Los Angeles, California where I worked with artists like R C Gorman, Fritz Scholder, Mike Nevelson and Gio Pomadoro. 

 

In October, 1967, I joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Apia, Western Samoa where I was an English teacher. After my Peace Corps service, I taught for two years in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. 

 

In 1973 Jill and I married and returned to Worcester, Massachusetts where I took a position as a Visual Art Instructor for the Worcester Public Schools. In 1974 Jill and I began summering on Sawyer’s Island in Boothbay, Maine. During those early summers on Sawyer’s Island, I explored the Maine landscape. The rocky shores, fields, forests, and harbors inspired me to capture the beauty and allure of coastal Maine in both watercolors and oils. Today, my paintings continue to depict the essence of coastal Maine through its ever changing colors and forms. I focus on developing an interesting contrast of colors, and a dynamic quality of brushstroke that creates a sense of both movement and unity. 

Jill and John Butke - 33 Isle of Springs Road, Boothbay, Maine 04537  - 207.633.3442 - butkejj@gmail.com