Art by John Cline

 My work begins with my love of drawing. Working predominantly in pencil, pen, and ink, my current works explores my ongoing architectural education and mines my professional experiences through hard lined drawings. These pieces are conceptual “sections,” “elevations,” and “plans” sometimes seamlessly superimposed on top of each other. The viewer is allowed to make interpretations as to scale, volume, and texture. Each piece attempts to create space for the viewer to inhabit while maintaining balance and composition throughout the entire drawing.

I use drawing as a vehicle to explore ideas of the process of making. Understanding process is critical for exploration, iteration, testing, and the critical editing of ideas. Through an engagement of process, ideas can be tested.

Through intense daily drawing exercises, I explore the relationship of the limited space occupied while making, testing various restrictions such as time or materials, and devise prescriptive assignments through which I can examine subtle variations within. Drawing, in its many forms–the ritual and craft of it, its tools, its tactile nature, the space of deep intellectual focus and concentration it affords–has remained a central theme of my work.


A designer, woodworker, and artist, John Cline hails from northern Alabama, which has been his family’s home for more than six generations. Before finding his footing at Auburn University, John campus hopped a bit and spent a year in the snowy mountains of Summit County , Colorado, where he worked a myriad of jobs, including donut maker and ski lift operator.

After graduating from Auburn, he traveled through Europe for several months. Upon returning to the states, John settled in Chicago and began his architecture career. After several years in the work force, he attended graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Currently, he is a job captain at SERA Architects and resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, two children, and two huskies.
Find more of John’s work on his website and Flickr account. You can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram.
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