Jon Whiddon began teaching himself to paint in 1999 while living with his father in rural southern Georgia. Starting out using leftover paint and scrap wood, he experimented with painting the open landscapes that surrounded him on his family's farm, taking in the big sky and long horizons of pastures and roads. His paintings became energetic expressions with vibrant lines and intense light. When Jon and his father moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the spring of 2000, Jon greeted the change in scenery with wonder. His artwork quickly evolved to reflect his new fascination with clouds and his new attempts at gardening. His paintings grew more impressionistic as he began to embrace plein air technique, composing with wet paint rather than dry layers, to capture the ever-changing light and color in his new environment.
In time Jon's enthusiasm for new experiences set him on a quest to see the world and to bring it to life in his paintings. He envisioned extended trips to be followed with intense periods of creativity upon his return, all with the support of his growing cadre of friends and fans. A hugely successful trip to Italy was followed by another to Bali. In August 2007, shortly after his return from Bali, Jon was diagnosed with cancer. He continued painting and planning until his death on February 20, 2008. On the night of a full lunar eclipse, the life of this promising self-taught artist came to a tragic end.
We are honored to have been chosen to make a collection of work from Jon's estate available to our customers, many of whom knew and loved Jon, and many more who love his art.
Jon Whiddon
Hiawassee, GA
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If you have memories or photos of Jon, or any insights or information about his art, please feel free to share them with us. You can leave a message on the "Comments" page or simply contact us by email.
After 14 years, his personal records and contacts are not easily found, but we know he had many devoted friends and patrons. We will be glad to share your stories.
Karen has written about the night of the eclipse on the "Comments" page.
The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
and Mike's Art Truck present:
AFTERGLOW:
Art by Jon Whiddon
from the artist's estate
Historic Alexander Dickson House
Hillsborough Visitors Center
150 E. King St, Hillsborough, NC 27278
May 20 through September 8, 2022
All of the art included in the "AFTERGLOW" show can be seen here on our website's two Jon Whiddon pages.
CITY DOG
21" x 17"
acrylic on wood
commercial DIY frame
$1450
YELLOW SKY MOUNTAIN LAKE
31" x 20" x 2"
acrylic on wood in artist's frame
$2675
SLEEPING DOG
15" diameter
acrylic on plywood
$450
SNOW SHADOW
31.25" x 25.75"
self portrait - acrylic on paper
commercial mat and frame
$1450
SHADY LANE BRIDGE
25.5" x 22.5"
ink marker on paper
$750
BLUE MOUNTAINS YELLOW SKY
27.5" x 12.5"
acrylic on cabinet door
$1250
TWO DOVES
24" x 18" x 2"
acrylic on clayboard wood panel
$750
BLUE SKY YELLOW GRASS
53.75" x 29.75"
acrylic on wood
in barnwood frame
$2575
PINK NOSE
13" x 15" x 1"
acrylic on reclaimed cabinet door, with metal hinges
$500
LONE TREE AT NIGHT
20" x 24"
acrylic on wood panel
in barnwood frame
$850
AUTUMN TREES
11" x 16"
acrylic on wood
unframed
$500
HAWK
54" x 41" x 2"
stained wood scraps and mica on hanging assemblage
$1600
BUTTON TURTLE
22.5" x 31" x 2"
acrylic  on plywood, found objects, buttons
$1450
RED SKY GREEN MOUNTAINS
42" x 17"
reclaimed farm paint on scrap plywood
$550
MADONNA AND CHILD
14" x 17"
acrylic and mica on wood
in gold wood commercial frame
$1450
RED DIRT LANDSCAPE
24.5" x 20.5"
acrylic on  paper
artist's frame of barnwood and
wood scraps with mat and glass
$1250
ICON
15.5" x 49.5" 
acrylic and mica on  cabinet door
$2250
CROOKNECK SQUASH
26.5" x 18.5"
acrylic on plywood
thin wood edging
$1250
GARDEN FENCE
37" x 35.25" x 1.75"
reclaimed farm paint on 3-plank scrap wood assemblage
$500
THE POND
27.5" x 18"
acrylic on wood
in barnwood frame
$975
DANCING TOMATOES
45.5" x 21.5"
acrylic on cabinet door
$2250
RED FIELD BLUE MOUNTAIN
31.5" x 18.75" x 3.75"
acrylic on recessed wood panel
$1650