About John Burrows
I grew up in a large, uproarious family in the San Diego area. My father was a building designer and contractor developing primarily commercial projects. When I was 8 years old I came down with polio but luckily, the effects were small and over time I was able to work out any atrophy. My father was concerned about motor skills and constantly had me carving, or drawing, or painting and even making beaded hat bands and belts. It worked, and my eye-hand coordination has been excellent ever since. More importantly, I became infatuated with the arts at an early age.
Initially, following in my father’s footsteps I thought I wanted to be an architect but over time, found out that my “Achilles heel” was math. In high school and college I took several art classes, eventually being accepted into the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. Although focused on design, I still had many art classes; water color, acrylic illustrations, figure drawings and even a bit of photography. After graduation I worked for a couple of architectural firms and in 1975 started my own commercial interior design company focused on banks, offices, schools, retail stores and exhibits. As much as I enjoyed design, that became my business and art became my passion.