John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961. Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown. He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York.
Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.
Memberships include the Salmagundi Club of New York, Hudson Valley Art Association, National Society of Mural Painters, and the Copley Society of Boston, where he is a Copley Master.
John C. Traynor’s work is enjoyed in over one thousand private and public collections in the United States and abroad. Corporate collectors include Passaic County College, the Paterson Historical Museum, the Ironbound Education and Cultural Center, Connecticut Bank and Trust, and Sony Music Corporation.
Traynor has received over two hundred awards of merit for his art, including the Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor and Merit, the Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Robb Sagendorph Award, and the Frank Dumond Memorial Award for the best light and atmospheric effect in a painting.
Works of art range from 2 by 3-inch miniatures to 40- by 50-foot murals. Painting outdoors on location is a primary source of inspiration for Traynor’s landscapes. Smaller paintings are finished indoors, or used as studies for larger works painted in his studio. Portraits are painted on a commissioned basis in his studio or the home of the person or persons to be portrayed.
Traynor currently resides with his family in southern New Hampshire where he enjoys painting rural New England scenes.