John C. Traynor


John C. Traynor spent his early years in New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, starting at the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.

Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist, John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. Opportunities with galleries began opening up through this exposure. Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank DuMond award from the Hudson Valley Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. In addition, John is an inductee into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and has attained the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.

John is a skillful painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture. His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people recognize a ‘Traynor painting’ by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work reminding people of moments in their life or memories of the past. John’s works are on display in several galleries across North America.