John Paul Kesling was born and raised on the banks of the Ohio River, in Northeast Kentucky. He earned a BFA in Arts from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY and an MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. He currently resides in Madison, TN with a dog.
"What is important to me in my work isn't a complex or intellectual concept. Through intuition and humor, nostalgia and conversation, I seek honesty through imagery. Painting has a long and diverse history, but the work that resonates with me has always been that made from personality. In the end though, I think humans mostly make things to impress a boy or a girl and that seems pretty okay too."