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John Bartoldus

Growing up in New York City I always liked to draw, but with no formal art education, I went to work on Wall Street and then for an advertising agency before moving to Naples in 1987 to pursue yet another career, real estate.

At my open houses, I would sit in the front yard and sketch and then give the artwork to the owner when I sold the house. Soon, other realtors and home owners commissioned me to draw their homes.

With a growing portfolio of local scenes, I created my first Naples Calendar in 1998 and it quickly became a best seller at fine stores throughout Naples. In 2002, I added a Restaurant Guide and a list of year-round activities from parades to art shows and festivals.

When it was too hot and humid to sketch outside, I took pictures of scenes I wanted to paint which led me to offering my photos in large format wrapped-canvas pieces which now adorn many homes and offices throughout Naples.

You never know where life will take you . . .

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Growing up in New York City I always liked to draw,    
but with no formal art education, I went to work on Wall Street and then for an advertising agency before moving to Naples in 1987 to pursue yet another career, real estate.
At my open houses, I would sit in the front yard and sketch  
and then give the artwork to the owner when I sold the house. Soon, other realtors and home owners commissioned me to draw their homes.
With a growing portfolio of local scenes, I created my first Naples Calendar in 1998 and it quickly became a best seller at fine stores throughout Naples. In 2002, I added a Restaurant Guide and a list of year-round activities from parades to art shows and festivals.
When it was too hot and humid to sketch outside, I took pictures of scenes I wanted to paint which led me to offering my photos in large format wrapped-canvas pieces which now adorn many homes and offices throughout Naples.
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