John Petrey


Since 1981, I’ve been creating art that stirs the emotions of the viewer.  As I’ve grown as an artist, my work has become more of an expression of my soul.  Images in nature, art, and new technology all influence me.  I’m especially intrigued by the moments in life that catch my eye, random ideas that erupt in my mind, and words people say that just hang in the air.  I’m constantly re-formulating the process of my creative thinking.  I’ll observe something that strikes a chord with me, tuck it away in my mind, and later it becomes an inspiration to me. As a result, my art can be lighthearted and whimsical or deeply symbolic.

Imagination is the most powerful tool humans possess.


Born in 1958 in Southern California, as an only child to self-employed parents, John spent many afternoons watching television and movies portraying perfect people, in perfect families, living in a perfect society.  These shows had a profound impact on his career path.  He pursued a career in advertising design, receiving an A.S. Degree in Graphic Design from Mt. San Jacinto College, followed by a B.S. Degree from Brooks Institute in Commercial Photography.  Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, he gained national recognition winning numerous awards, as a photographer in the area of food, celebrities and advertising. Throughout his career as a photographer any spare time he enjoyed was dedicated to creating art, building art furniture and restoring vintage motorcycles.  In 2003 John closed his photo studio to pursue his passion for sculpture and began creating several diverse bodies of work. John’s art is included in both private and corporate collections, and has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout North America.