John Smeby is, for the most part, a “self-taught” artist. He will always consider himself one who is emerging-simply because with every year he discovers new inspiration, and enjoys pursuing different mediums. Raised in Pasadena and educated at the University of Redlands, John has lived in Big Bear Lake for nearly two decades. His experience in 2019 as a guest artist at Quorum Gallery in Laguna Beach gave him a thirst for ocean air and a renewed desire to continue emerging as an abstract acrylic artist. He has been a resident artist in Mountain Arts Gallery in Lake Arrowhead Village and Wild Coyote Gallery in Big Bear Lake for the past four years. He recently exited 23 years in education (English teacher, middle school counselor and varsity tennis coach) and has released two books: “Stories from the Classroom”(2017)and “fusionart”(2016).