John Leo Loughlin—artist, teacher, lecturer, and illustrator—was born on April 11, 1931 in Worcester, MA and died on May 23, 2004 while residing in Lincoln, RI. Highly proficient in both oil and watercolor painting, and known for his fine drawing skills, he once said his preferred medium was watercolor.
Well-known for his New England scenes, Loughlin spent many hours painting outdoors with fellow artists and good friends Bernard Corey, who passed away in 2000, and Michael Graves.
After serving in the Korean War, Loughlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a General Excellence Award from the Worcester Art Museum School in 1957 and, in 1964, a Master of Education degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
The first job he held was as an illustrator and cartographer with the National Geographic Society from 1958 to 1959. Later, from 1961 to 1968, he worked as an illustrator and department head with the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Loughlin's last position before becoming a full-time painter was as the Art Director at WSBE-TV in Providence, RI in 1968.
At the same time he was teaching privately and at Providence College from 1970 to 1972.
Some of the publications with Loughlin's illustrations include the National Geographic Society magazine, 1958; the Massachusetts Wildlife magazine, 1959; the Salt Water Sportsman magazine, 1959; the Naval Review; and the New England School Development Council Publication, 1967.
Loughlin was an active artist member of the American Watercolor Society in New York City; the Providence Art Club in RI; past president of the Providence Watercolor Club, now the Rhode Island Watercolor Society; the Guild of Boston Artists; the Rockport Art Association (RAA); the North Shore Art Association; the Allied Artists in New York City; the Academic Artists; the New England Watercolor Society; and the Hudson Valley Art Association.
In the 1996 edition of the Artists of the Rockport Art Association, Loughlin said he had the good fortune to study with Eliot O'Hara, NA (1890-1969) and Edgar Whitney, ANA (1891-1987).