ABOUT THE ARTIST    John Bittick works out of his studio in Austin, Texas.  He was raised in Austin, a center for the arts and  entertainment comunity. His talent was recognized at an early age, and his first commission was earned  while he attended grade school. His training has  included classes in life drawing, color mixing, and portrait painting. He still continues a weekly   session of life drawing classes with  fellow artists.  Although John has painted graphic-style sports scenes and landscapes, he excels  in portraits. His past commissions include children, weddings, 50th Anniversaries,  and all types of treasured moments.  John is a founding member of the Austin Pastel Society in Austin, Texas. He is  proud to note that pastels are the fastest growing medium in the world. The  beautiful colors that are achieved in his paintings may be evidence why this is so.