John’s (Yao Han’s) Biography
After finally acknowledging his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), John was referred for counseling at the Amarillo VA Medical Center and began attending group meetings at the Amarillo Vet Center. In January 2007 he attended a 7-week VA residential treatment program in North Little Rock, Arkansas, which emphasized learning various methods of coping with and understanding the problems arising from the disability.
Soon after returning and completing retirement from 33 years in the financial services industry, Vicki and John visited a local retailer where she asked him to consider buying a small art kit. John did not believe that he needed another activity, but the small box with two brushes, an ink stick, an ink stone, Xuan paper, four tubes of Chinese ink, and the instruction book looked very interesting. With Vicki’s encouragement, he took the challenge and began discovering Chinese Brush Painting in April 2007. This has become John’s passion, his business (Shining Sword Studio & China Art Gallery), and his major therapeutic activity. Contemplating his subject while grinding an ink stick on an ink stone serves as the starting point for all his paintings. John is very committed to improvement, with his emphasis being directed toward maintaining the unique and original aspects of this ancient oriental art form and sharing it through his brush painting classes for all age groups, his business – China Art, his websites, and his various exhibitions and public demonstrations.