John Barrows is a lifelong resident artist of the San Francisco bay area. John started drawing and painting at age five and took art classes from 7th grade until he graduated with a BFA degree at the S.F. Academy of Art University. After graduating he studied the old masters techniques of oil painting in Italy with master artist Fiorello Tosoni. While a student at the Academy of art he worked at the Periwinkle Art Gallery doing picture framing and occasionally showed his artwork. After graduating he worked for over ten years as an artist in the digital entertainment field in Silicon Valley. John now spends most of his time doing portraits of people or animals with oil on canvas. John is currently busy painting portraits of the actors at the Dickens Faire but is never too busy to take on new commissions. BTW he gives free quotes.