It is with great sadness I must announce that John Lowther, a wonderful artist and my fantastic Dad, passed away in March 2019 after a short illness.
My sisters and I have decided to honour my Dad's legacy by keeping his website Jalpix.com active in his memory. We believe that he would very much want people to keep creating wonderful new pieces of artwork with his brushes and learning from his teachings. His brushes and tutorials will therefore still be available to purchase and download and all funds will go towards costs to run the website.
I will be maintaining the site from now on and hope to act as a point of contact for any queries about my Dad's brush sets and tutorials. If you do have any questions, please do get in touch and I will do my absolute best to help!
Please note, the website is currently not available via mobile devices so you will need to access it from your desktop computer to see all of the brushes, tutorial & gallery pages. I will be working on this however to make it visible from mobile.
Below are some words I recently wrote about my Dad, which I would like to share.
My Dad was an excellent artist skilled in traditional techniques and materials. In later years he further developed these skills to be an equally excellent digital artist. It was with his art expertise and signature style that he gained a lot of friends and fans worldwide and also became a mentor to so many people through his online tutorials and personalised digital paint brushes.
Although he excelled in many various types of art, my Dad's speciality was undoubtedly portraiture. He could capture an incredible likeness with so much character, and also express his own unique style simultaneously. Ever since I was a child I remember him drawing and painting portraits of classic Movie stars, Pop stars and even friends, their children and family pets. Dad's pictures would often end up in magazines too, I recall his traditional pencil illustrations of Film Stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Laurel & Hardy appearing in Idols magazine in the 80's a few times and also a digital fantasy painting in Amiga Format which he painted on our Amiga 1200 computer way back in 1995. My Dad's traditional & digital portraiture continued and he even had a Scarborough exhibition entitled 'Icons & Idols' at the gallery at Woodend in 2012.
Dad spent his last two decades as an artist in Scarborough, his favourite place. Inspired by his surroundings, he would often take photographs and paint pictures of the sights he saw there.
My Dad always inspired and encouraged me in Art, and I always wanted to learn more from him. We would talk excitedly of different materials and Dad even started my interest in digital art, encouraging me to buy a graphics tablet. My Dad taught me a lot of his techniques and also the traditional methods & theory behind these. I can still only wish to achieve the mastery he had, but nevertheless he always encouraged and said that I had developed my own style and that was the most important thing.
Art is often seen as the manifestation of the pieces the artist creates. But to be an artist is also to live and breathe your own art. I learnt a lot from my dad about 'being' an artist. To find beauty in the smallest details. To develop a new way of looking at the world, always looking closer, understanding that nothing is ever as it first appears. The importance of creating that world which makes you happy. A world which runs alongside the mundane, day-to-day world and enriches it and yet the day-to-day is just as essential to its creation. You cannot have one without the other. One can take inspiration from the day-to-day like a magpie furnishing a nest of found treasures, building something unique and new. At the same time, one can bring back those treasures, dreams and insights that make the day-to-day more meaningful.
Even something as simple as sitting in Dad's living room in recent years, looking out of the window, a carefully chosen view and seeing his Art Deco antiques, furniture and his paintings on the wall. This was a world that was purely his and reflected back at him everything he was in that moment. And no matter where he went that world was always with him.
And that's the beautiful thing about being an artist. That world still remains long after you have left the day to day world.
We can all continue to appreciate the art my Dad, John Lowther, created and also the unique world in which he lived.