John Puiia
Portland, Maine

 Through his art, John Puiia investigates our perspective as observers of the landscape. When he’s not painting, he enjoys playing guitar, cooking, cycling along the coast, and making things. He recently built himself a new work and painting bench. John currently lives in Maine.

Artist and Customer Comments

d grooms 8/13/2014 | 7:53 PM

beautiful work. :)

commentsPine Point
C Mouro purchased this artwork. 10/15/2013 | 3:51 PM

John I have recently received Pine Point and it is fantastic..I am still moving it around to find the best spot for it as the lighting is so crucial ..I really enjoy the uniqueness of your work...Thankyou ..Cynthia

John Puiia 1/11/2013 | 5:40 PM

Hello, Leah. This painting is the embodiment of a treasured memory of mine. I can still remember the night vividly in my mind; walking along a path through some marshland, so dark and foggy I couldn't see the waters edge a few feet to the sides. There was just enough light emanating from the nearby town that there was a subtle reflection on the water where two currents met. Nothing but the sound of rain and the glow of tail lights and radio towers. Anyways... I hope you really enjoy this piece! If I can find the sketches I did in the car that night I will throw them in for fun. They may be lost to the times, though. Regards, John

L Leschuck 1/11/2013 | 2:24 PM

Hi John,I am always enamored by dark atmospheric colours with hints of light. What can I say - this picture invoked immediate emotion. Periodically, I buy art from UGALLERY when inspired. Today is my lucky day! Can't wait to receive your work. Thanks, Leah

A Rotondi 1/28/2012 | 8:50 PM

Hey John, My name is Andrew Rotondi. I am a new film maker from Mass. I'm actually shooting a new idea I have, in Main Actually. I neeed to find a talented artist to work with. You can email me at if you'd like to talk more about the film. thanks John

W Charles 1/11/2012 | 1:46 PM

I purchased City Glow in the Fog and I loved the way it looks on my gallery wall. Loving it

Colin Barclay 10/14/2011 | 3:30 PM

Nice work, John

N Settels 7/7/2011 | 7:33 PM

Hi John, thanks for getting back to me. Good to see you have added some great new work. Sad to see that Sleep is gone, I did really like this very much and probably should have just got this. I'm excited about the upcoming lighter paintings. Thanks and take care, Nina

John Puiia 7/2/2011 | 4:41 PM

Nina, I should have some new artwork up within the next week or two. Most of the work I'm currently producing is of a much smaller scale than what I've been doing the past couple of years as my studio size has changed. Commissions are always welcome but I will not be crafting any large panels for a little while anyways. If you are looking for something lighter in value, I should have a series of plein air day landscapes finished by the end of the summer. George, the panels I've crafted are built using a rough sanded Masonite board attached to a rigidly constructed backing. Once constructed the front and sides of the panel are covered in approximately 12-15 coats of gesso with a roller and then sanded until smooth. The resulting finish is both smooth and porous (for the best paint adherence). When painting on these I take great care to keep the surface of the painting smooth and thin, with the exception of areas of great importance like light sources and structures. Every panel is

G McFadden 6/1/2011 | 2:36 PM

John, I'm enraptured by your paintings. I have spent a lot of time in the Scarborough area and have a very fond sentiment for the Maine coast. I have been most attracted to "Sleep" but have some questions about it. I imagine with the right light the painting shows subtle shade differences however I am having a hard time seeing that online. Also how does the material of canvas versus masonite board affect the paintings outcome? Thanks! Feel free to contact me at

N Settels 2/11/2011 | 8:50 AM

Hi John,I love the paintings! Much as though I'm tempted by the beautiful 'sleep', I've been looking for something a shade lighter but still with that characteristic mysterious atmosphere that all your paintings seem to have. A little more along the lines of the 'ferry road'. Are there any new pictures in the pipeline? Do you take commissions? Nina

B Fung-torrez 12/23/2010 | 12:48 PM

great work

D Loock 12/20/2010 | 10:50 AM

I purchased one of John's paintings and everyone that see's it is mesmerized by it. His work is magnificent. Thank you

John Puiia 12/13/2010 | 9:56 PM

Thank you! Hope you are enjoying it. I typically sign paintings on the back only. Signatures on the front of a piece tend to be visually distracting. The practice of signing artwork seems to have fallen out of fashion in contemporary art making as well.

commentsPortland Pier
S Anthony purchased this artwork. 12/13/2010 | 9:19 AM

I am very happy with the piece - the photograph gave an accurate representation of the painting. Well done! Thank you. One question - is there a reason you don't sign your work?

commentsOil Tanks
T Kiteley purchased this artwork. 10/12/2010 | 12:14 PM

I love the painting, it's quiet and evocative, with a dreamy will eventually hang in my counseling office..., as soon as I find an appropriate frame.

Stare into the Sun

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on back

40" h x 40" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 10 oz.


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I continue to explore nocturnal landscapes through memory in this new series of oil paintings. A continuation of my earlier work, still present are the luminous, vast stretches of night sky. In these new pieces however, elements such as light sources, suggested skylines, and distant structures become increasingly disjointed, often misplaced or overlapped with alternate viewpoints; a composite of memories and remembered sensory information is documented in each painting. This piece uses interference pigments, which change color depending on the viewing angle. The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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