John C. Terelak was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1942. He attended Vesper George School of Fine art in 1960. Terelak painted vigorously while at Vesper George, experimenting with several different mediums, including pastel, watercolor and oil. As a standout student, he was awarded a position as a professor upon graduating and found great pleasure in teaching.
In 1975, John founded the Gloucester Academy of Fine Arts where his students consisted of college and art school graduates. John helped his students polish their individual styles and advance in professional careers in fine arts. Many of them grew to be leading American artists themselves. He soon constructed a private studio which became his domain--a place close to his growing family that would accommodate his tireless work schedule.
John has traveled for new subject matter to such places as New York, the California coast, the Grand Canyon, Nantucket and France. The results of these travels have been well documented and remain some of his most profound pieces to date. An invitation to paint Monet's gardens will forever remain a highlight in John's career.
Terelak's paintings are currently displayed throughout the city of Boston, in such collections as the Sheraton Corporation, Bank of Boston, State Street Bank, State Street Bank, Andrew Mellon Foundation. His original works have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Butler Museum.