Born and raised in Switzerland, John Schnurrenberger grew up with an admiration of the Cowboy Lifestyle and a love of horses, heavily influenced by his grandfather, one of Switzerland's last stage coach drivers.
Although John and his wife Antje came to Canada in 1965 to pursue his dream of living and painting the Cowboy life, he first worked as a draftsman, commercial artist and technical illustrator.
He quit his job in a Newspaper Art Department in 1974 to paint full-time, retaining his disciplined approach to Art and attention to detail.
John has been primarily known as a "Cowboy Artist". Although never on the payroll, he rode on some of Canada's largest ranches, gathering material and ideas for future paintings.
Schnurrenberger's work is perhaps most appreciated by those who actually live the Cowboy life, evidence he has achieved his goal, due to his first-hand experience.
After a lengthy and rewarding career as a Western Artist, John decided a few years ago to quit doing the Gallery shows. No longer having to deal with the pressures and deadlines of show commitments, he is now devoting more of his time to paint various subjects.
From capturing the beauty and mystique of the female figure in a series of Drawings and Paintings, to painting "Plein Air" landscapes, miniature oils, as well as some "Commission" paintings, he truly lives his dream.
John still lives with his wife and partner Antje in southern British Columbia. He has established a loyal following during his long career, particularly with those who appreciate the integrity and authenticity of his work.