Artist, visionary, innovator, and musician are just a few words that help describe Jon Rattenbury. An Artist of international stature, Rattenbury is probably best known for his attention to detail, his use of vibrant colors and light, and his portrayal of nature's awe-inspiring beauty. Through his work, we are able to experience a dreamlike vision of the natural world around us.
Born in Cheltenham, England in 1966, Rattenbury's family immigrated to America when he was just 3 years old settling in Northern California. Though completely self-taught as an artist, Jon draws on his family and childhood experiences for his artistic ability. Both his mother and grandmother have strong musical talents. Most of Jon's childhood was spent with his twin brother, Tim, exploring the magnificent rolling hills, lush valleys and endless beauty of California. It was the splendor of the natural world around him that inspired him to start drawing at an early age. He explored many types of drawing techniques in pencil and ink. At the age of 13, he began experimenting with the use of color and light. Though he began painting with oils, Rattenbury soon discovered acrylics where he found his greatest passion.
Before becoming a full time artist Jon designed stained glass and etched glass windows for various companies. He also worked in a photo studio where he retouched and airbrushed photographs for magazines and commercial projects as well as in the printing industry where he learned all about the art of lithography. During this time, Rattenbury continued to learn and refine techniques that allowed him to grow as an artist.
In the 1990's, Rattenbury was discovered by a publisher in Southern California that gave him his first major gallery exposure. This led him to leave the printing business to pursue his painting full-time. Rattenbury's popularity grew as an increasing number of individuals found their place of peace and tranquility in his visions. In 2004, Jon founded Rattenbury Fine Arts, and he has been independently published since then. He continues to grow as an Artist, Musician, and an individual that cares deeply about the world around us.
Rattenbury's work has been displayed and sold at shows and galleries across the United States and internationally. He has experienced enduring success in Japan where his work continues to grow in popularity. Jon has appeared at numerous shows in Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima and enjoys every opportunity to get to know and spend time with those individuals who are inspired by the images he feels so privileged to paint.
Between painting his inspirational works of art you will find Jon creating another passion of his, writing music. In 2007, he released a New Age album entitled "Eternal Spirit." His music has been played on numerous new age music stations and is available through many retailers including iTunes. In his life, the beauty of art and music go hand in hand. In 2016 Jon will be working on a new album. Stay tuned for updates and release details.
Rattenbury's work has also been displayed at The International Licensing Show. He has a growing list of licensees that use his images for numerous different products including jigsaw puzzles, cross stitch patterns, wall murals, mosaic tile, decorative containers, flags, screen savers, 3D products, calendars and cards to name a few.
Jon currently resides in Northern California with his wife Jeanni, and their children Zackary and Bailey. When not in his studio, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, and, of course, taking in the great outdoors.