John Albrecht

A life-long resident of Charleston, I had no idea how lucky I was growing up on the Isle of Palms. My family has been in the Charleston area for more than four generations. With respect to my art, the challenge is to convey to you the boundless beauty of the Lowcountry.  

Educated in the public school system here in Charleston I envisioned being a cadet at The Citadel as a challenge from my girlfriend's father. (I think he wanted me to go away). Graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, I  worked for the Navy, a local private engineering consulting firm, and began my own engineering practice in 1993 doing environmental consulting for 18 years.

I'm very grateful to those who have helped me understand art, from my Mom, my wife and family, and a number of great teachers over the last 17 years. I began my art lessons at the age of 12 with Ms. Gore a couple of houses down from us on 20th Avenue.  As a teenager, I worked with my father providing details for mouldings in the family specialty millwork business, Southern Lumber & Millwork. 

In 2001, my high school sweetheart and wife for over 27 years found old paintings in a closet, and gave me weekly art classes with the late Martin Ahrens as a Christmas gift. Martin taught me how to hold a paint brush (like learning how to walk). I studied under Ms. Joyce Hall, Martin's wife, also an accomplished award-winning artist, and up until this year with a great local, award-winning artist, Ms. Laurie Meyer.  

My work is currently exhibited at the Charleston Artist Guild Art Gallery at 160 East Bay Street in Charleston, where I have been a member of the Guild since 2008.