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December 30, 2008


SANTA ANA, Calif.- Paintings by artist Michael Ward are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) now through January 22, 2009 in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the Airport's Community Focus Space Program which features Orange County artists. Ward's images are based on photographs the artist has taken himself and depict scenes of the ever changing landscape of Southern California.

The paintings are on display in the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4. Some examples of Ward's work can be seen below.

1000 Balboa, Oil on Canvas
Rollin Down Pico, Oil on Canvas
1000 Balboa, Oil on Canvas
Rollin Down Pico, Oil on Canvas

"I am most interested in depicting what Alan Watts called the mystery of the ordinary; the workday world we live in without seeing until we are forced to focus upon it, as in a painting," said Ward.

Ward began his self taught arts career with pen and ink architectural drawings, moving into painting in 1980. Ward currently resides in Costa Mesa where in his day job he works as an Art Director and Graphic Designer. For more information about the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, visit http://www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.htm.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, serves nearly nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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