John C. Traynor began his studies at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. From there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York as a merit scholar with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont.
Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.
He is a skilled painter of every genre: land- scape, still life and portraiture. His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism sets his work apart. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paint- ings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a rich- ness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style.