At the age of six, John Clark became interested in airplanes. From his home in Chicago, he spent many hours watching them fly overhead on their landing approach to Midway Airport. He often wondered— how do airplanes turn? His conclusion was that the wings rotated; left for a left turn; right for a right turn. At that time he was not aware of ailerons, elevators and rudders. …
This interest in airplanes expanded to include spacecraft and the astronomical universe they explore. By the 1960s, Mr. Clark had served in Southeast Asia with the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting. For thirty years his efforts have been directed toward commissioned works for Astronomy magazine, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Art Program. For 25 years I have been a proud member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, as a past president, Artist Fellow, and Exhibition Chairman of that organization. I currently serve as the Jo Kotula Chair.