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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.

You never know where life will take you . . .

The Work