Beginning at age 13, after suffering for 13 years with ulcerative colitis, Johno had life saving surgery and now wears a permanent ileostomy. He will never forget his Mom at his bedside and priest administering his last rights. Johno's will to survive and desire to do soemthing meaningful with his life motivated him to get well. While recuperating from surgery he studied art, many of the old masters, inspiring him to begin painting as a form of therapy. Others began asking to purchase Johno's art and his first art exhibit was at the National Aviary Wings & Wildlife Artshow in 1988. The interest and demand for his art grew and continues to this day.? Johno creates each original with his own unconventional mixture of enamels and sand from the Monongahela River. Applying the sand directly on to the canvas with many layers and drips of paint, giving the art unique texture and depth. He also accepts commissioned work, often incorporating sand from a clien'ts own collection, making the artwork special.The challenge was to transfer on to canvas his interperatation of the little village where there have been reported sightings of the Blessed Mother. he painted the pilgrims from around the world, convening in prayer at the cross on top of the mountain. Prints of this piece are avialable in his online store and at the studio. Johno is blessed to have his art in homes and businesses throughout the United States and around the globe, including Canada, Australia, Italy, Singapore, and Sweden. He didn't plan any of this, all he had was the will to live, to do well and help others. He is so very grateful for this fantastic ride!"?