John Abbott graduated with honors in 1975 from Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture where he won the SGF Prize Competition and Henry Adams AIA Silver Medal. Working in a studio environment without computers, he learned the importance of hand-drawn graphic representation using various media.
“I never tried watercolors in school. I concentrated on pencil and pen and ink sketches and renderings. Thankfully, the habit of keeping a sketchbook in school has stuck with me over the years. I still do all my professional design work by hand. Design thinking for me is intuitive, intentionally conceptual and unresolved. Hand sketches and renderings convey that attitude.
“I prefer to think of my pieces as watercolor sketches, not paintings. I never paint from a photograph. Images are conjured up from memory and observation. My landscapes depict places the viewer has never been to before but may be thoroughly familiar with.”