Kalama Artists & Makers Association

John Holman

Ethereal Winter by John Holman
Ethereal Winter by John Holman

I was born and raised in Portland with strong family ties to the Pacific Northwest dating back four generations. I spent most of my summers on the family farm in Skamokawa, Washington and vacationing on the north Oregon coast and in Southwest Washington.


At a young age I developed a strong love for the outdoors and the arts. My hobbies focused on drawing and painting. Formally schooled in the industrial and graphic arts, I settled for a career in technical and commercial illustration that developed into product design spanning nearly four decades.


My wife Annette of 35 years and I have two grown children and one grandchild. We retired and settled in Kalama where I rediscovered my passion for drawing and painting. I continue taking classes to keep current on design trends and developing new techniques.


Together, we enjoy day trips to the coast to explore what the beautiful Northwest has to offer while searching for new sources of inspiration.