John with “World Patterns” woodblocks
John McCaskill began producing commercial screen-prints at the age of sixteen, which lead to a 32-year career in the graphics and print industry. For eighteen of those years, he served as President of Jomac Graphic Communications in Alameda, CA.
McCaskill continued producing art while building his business, studying at UC Berkeley and The San Francisco Art Institute under artists Glenn Hirsch and Pamala Lanza. He has worked with some of the most prominent illustrators, designers, and artists in the Bay Area, including Rodger Roundy, Michael Schwab, and Michael Vanderbyl.
Working with some of the most creative companies and individuals in the world, McCaskill was compelled to explore both traditional and new production methods to transform ideas into imagery. Often, this involved the use of new technologies, including large format digital imaging and direct-to-plate printing. "We were good at what we did," says McCaskill, "but it wasn't my work we were producing," so, at 48, he retired to Hawaii to pursue his artistic vision.
An award-winning artist, printmaker, and instructor, McCaskill works from his studio in Honolulu (Studio Jomac) and the Honolulu Museum Art School. His work has been shown both domestically and abroad and is in the collections of the Honolulu Mayor's Office, the State of Hawaii, and private collectors worldwide. McCaskill is the president of the Honolulu Printmakers, a member of the California Society of Printmakers, and a founding member of the Pacific Island Printmakers.