John’s work explores the textures of everyday life, but in a historical context. He frequents period re-enactments because of his interest in history. But these events also inspire his work. By focusing his art on these re-enactors and historic sites, John is able to transport his viewers back in time to view the common threads of human nature. In doing so, he celebrates the ordinary, women cooking at an open fire, Spanish soldiers on watch at an outpost, the faces of a sharecropper or a Seminole warrior. He enjoys depicting the mundane tasks of colonial life that are not often found in the chapters of history texts. More of his historical illustrations can be viewed at www.johnrobak.com.
John Robak is a retired art instructor. During his career he taught courses in drawing, painting, cartooning, graphic design, crafts, film-making, film history, art history, and photography at the secondary level and drawing as a college adjunct. He has taught in academic and community art group settings and has tutored as well.
Sales of his work have included murals, pen and ink drawings, architectural renderings in graphite, colored pencil, and acrylics on canvas. In addition, he authored Easy Lessons In Graphic Arts for a Maine publisher. As Department Head of Humanities in a New England high school, he taught courses in American and European literature, grammar, and writing. Mr. Robak lives in Palm Coast with his supportive wife, Margaret, and a tuxedo cat named Willie.