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John Vail Art Collections

Shop for artwork from John Vail based on themed collections. Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Artwork by John Vail

Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

About John Vail

John Vail Being an artist is my permission to be authentic in that present moment when everything connects and I snap the shutter. It also allows for an acknowledged shared moment of existence - either between subject and artist and / or artist and viewer. Between June 2020 to 2022 I had a studio/gallery in the Arts Factory in the Arts District downtown Las Vegas. Being there during the height of the pandemic and the shut down was both a blessing and a curse. Blessing because I have shots that I will never (hopefully) be able to take again and curse because of the loss of foot traffic. There is a creative energy there in the Arts District that is electric and pervasive and I'm glad to have been in the center of that for those two years. And those years spent in the Las Vegas Valley (including the mountains and desert) have increased the depth and breadth of my images, and I'd like to believe that I have been consistently honing my craft. Additionally, I have made 5 cross country trips during the past two years and was fortunate enough to capture some really wonderful images during those travels Baja started as a getaway to surf, and photography was to take a back seat. That has turned out not to be the case. Mexico's natural beauty and it's charming people have ensnared me and will be a place that I consistently return. So how did it start? With a Pony 135 35mm film camera in the 70's and images commiserate with being shot by a ten year old with almost no experience. In college I took Photo I, Photo II, and two Special Topics in Photography courses in addition to my design classes. In the second Special Topics course I was allowed to borrow the schools' twin lens reflex (TLR) medium format film camera and captured some really stunning night landscape photographs. After college I shot with my my 35mm camera while living in Atlanta and traveling abroad. I purchased my first digital camera in the mid 2000's - a Lumix TZ1 that fit in a large pocket to take on surf trips. Then (and now) I still prefer the images taken with my 35mm film camera. It wasn't until around 2015 that I believed that digital photography had progressed enough to reasonably compete with film. It took me about to years to settle on my Lumix GX8 and I am ecstatic with the results from the combination of that camera Leica lenses. In 2017 I was invited to lead a digital learning workshop at a conference held at St Johns University in New York City and I brought along the Lumix and my grandmothers Argus 75 TLR and came back with a few really stunning streetscapes and street photos. It was after that trip that I decided that being an artist was what I really wanted/needed to do as a full-time occupation. It was when I opened the studio/gallery in the Arts District downtown Las Vegas that I added my medium format cameras to my other film cameras, and now comfortably switch between my analog and digital cameras to produce images in my own 'voice'. Those cameras allow me to produce very large prints, but I also love the challenges and limitations of my Polaroid and Instax prints. They feel more intimate to view. Concluding, I like to express my creative bent through the use of a camera and then share those captured moments with others, generally with photographic prints (large and small)..