John E. Vander Stelt is a native of Maurice, Iowa and it is there, in
the midst of the Heartland, where he seeks the inspiration for his
work. Vander Stelt takes a traditional approach to the realism
which pervades his subjects. His artistic heroes include his
Grandfather(John Vander Stelt, Sr.), Edward Hopper, Thomas
Eakins, Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell.

John studied art from an early age and comes from a family with
a creative spirit. The artist's friends, family and small-town
surroundings are crucial elements in his work. He graduated
from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a
degree in fine art. His artwork is included in public and private
collections throughout the country.

John and his wife, Denise are blessed to have three children in
their quiver: Becky, Joe and Jack. John works in his studio in
their Maurice, Iowa home.

Read an article about John from Lakehom Magazine
or one from the N'West Iowa Review