John Garland Biggs
John graduated from Webb City High School and studied art and marketing at several schools including Missouri Southern State University. The U.S. Army drafted John during the Vietnam era and he served at Fort Detrick, a medical, chemical and biological research site. He painted two murals in the NCO club which led to his painting other murals.
After military service John’s jobs included manufacturing quality control for one manufacturer and production control for another. He then accepted jobs in distribution and retail operations. One of John’s early jobs was managing a retail store in Portland OR. He assisted managing a franchise chain of retail outlets in the Northwestern USA.
Over time John performed as the marketing manager for three medium sized companies and was promoted from Marketing Director to General Manager for an automotive parts manufacturing business.
Each of these businesses employed over 300 people.
John took a six month break from his business life and Traveled with a group called The Master Artist Touring Association painting and displaying his artwork from Oklahoma to New Hampshire and from New York to Florida. During this period he studied the techniques of dedicated and talented artists from the US and Canada… Touring was rewarding but family obligations were more important, so art shows were delayed.
John still paints murals and enjoys a good portrait business. Prints from his landscapes, floral and other paintings contribute to the studio business in Neck City, MO.
John was appointed to the Webb City, MO-City Council in 2002 and elected Mayor in 2006. He was re-elected as Mayor in 2014 for a third term, which would have ended in 2018 but He retired to pursue marketing his book: The Serpent Poured Water, A book which took many years to complete.
John has maintained notes about interesting people and events throughout his life. He includes many of these in his book. He continues his effort to understand and explain what we believe and why. His first book titled, “The Serpent Poured Water” is available from Amazon books or Kindle.
The gallery located at 401 North St. Louis Street is open to the public by appointment, Monday through Friday. You can also see samples of his work on the web site; http://www.bookartprint.com.