ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Tachikawa, Japan, the
son of a career Air Force officer, John Deas has lived in Japan, Germany,
Africa, Okinawa, the Philippines, and many states in the United States.
After high school, John joined the U.S. Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman
stationed with the U.S. Marines. Four and a half years later he left the
military with an Honorable Discharge. In 1977 he returned to the family home in
Charleston. He graduated from The College of Charleston in 1980 with a
Bachelor of Science in Business.
John began taking photographs at the age of 4 using his grandfather's old
Brownie camera. He has taken thousands of images using a variety of
cameras, the majority were taken using different SLR cameras. He studied
photography in high school and college and had his own darkroom for
developing, printing, and enlarging his images. He makes images of the things he
truly loves, specializing in Landscapes and Nature Photography.
In 2006 John converted to digital photography. He has undertaken numerous photo shoots to locations such as Death
Valley National Park, Everglades National Park, Key West, Yosemite
National Park, Bodie, Mono Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acadia
National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and
the Canadian Rockies.
John has a deep love of nature and all things in it. Hiking along the
Appalachian Trail, The Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge, and the Western
provide a wide variety of scenic and nature images. Water is a common
theme or a part of many of his images. Sunrise, sunsets,
the rural south, the vast desert, the ocean and the mountains are some
of the scenes captured. He is available for custom photographic
Mr. Deas is an active member of the
Arts Council of
He continues to attend classes and
seminars to further enhance his abilities to capture and reproduce images as he
saw them when the shutter was tripped.
John's work has been published in Creative Loafing, Forsyth Living, Rubber
& Plastics News, Up In Cumming Magazine, and the South Carolina Arts Monthly