Born and raised in the Deep South, John Tee became interested in art early on and began to win awards in high school. Encouraged to study art, he decided to study architecture instead and graduated from Lousiana State University with a degree in architecture. He furthered is art studies at Emory University and the Atlanta High Museum of Art.
His interest in art spans from Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Palladio, the 19th century British realist painters W.M.M. Turner and John Constable, the Barbizon School of French landscape artists Camille Corot and Francois Daubigney, American artists John Singer Sargent and J.H. Twachtman, and the artists of Abstract Expressionist period of the 1950's such as DeKooning, Rothko and Motherwell. Whether painting in the abstract or realistic manner, John draws inspiration from his memories of the rich and layered images of the flat coastal south - long vistas, the lacy wrought iron balconies of New Orleans and Mobile, exotic flora, quiet marshes, bayous and bays. Working in mixed media such as acrylics, oil sticks, graphite and by arranging edited compositions or minimal design elements, his goal is to create art that is rich, textured and timeless. John continues to create art and practice residental architure in Atlanta.