John McConnell was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1948. He earned a B.A. degree in English at Michigan State University, followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. A practicing architect, he has devoted himself to oil painting since 1990 specializing in traditional landscape painting. He studied portrait painting with David Lowrey and landscape painting with Dennis Sheehan, both members of the Guild of Boston Artists. With the latter, he developed his love of late 19th century American “Brown School,” Luminist and Tonalist landscape painters, such as George Inness and Alexander Wyant.
In addition to his painting, John McConnell is a founding principal of McConnell+Partners Architects Inc in Boston, specializing in residential and small-scale institutional and commercial design. He is adjunct professor of American architectural history at Boston College, a guest speaker at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a lecturer-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Finally, he is a Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, where he resides.