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"I believe that only the basic elements of a beautiful painting exist in nature. The sentiment and feeling that flow from the mind and heart of an artist are what create the highest beauty of landscape painting."

McNaughton is a rising artist from Utah whose paintings are attracting the attention of collectors from across the country. Late evenings and stormy days are frequent subject matter for this young artist. A McNaughton painting can be recognized for the rich color and chiaroscuro effects reminiscent of the French Barbizon painters of the mid 19th century.

McNaughton's roots trace back to the small town of Grafton, Ut. He feels a deep love for the land and of his pioneer heritage. He says it was instrumental in developing his artistic tendencies. From an early age McNaughton showed great promise that eventually led to a full art scholarship to Brigham Young University. Only two out of 2000 received the award. While a student, McNaughton received both the Art Talent Award and the Design Talent Award from the university.

McNaughton describes his work as the "essence of nature". Spending hundreds of hours simply observing and studying the varying nuances of the landscape, then he will return to his studio and paint from memory. Refusing to work from photographs, mental notations and an occasional pencil sketch are enough to inspire a beautiful painting.

McNaughton's artistic style stems from his study of the forerunners to the Impressionists. Artists such as Camille Corot of the French Barbizon school, and George Inness, one of America's premier tonalist painters, have influenced the direction of McNaughton's work. Because these artists painted during the 19th century, few artists today follow in their footsteps.

Sharon Swindle, owner of the Repartee Gallery Group: "We consider Jon to be one of the most distinctive scenic painters in the last decade. His remarkable work captures the comforting essence of rural living, as well as reviving the appeal for the painting style of French Barbizon."