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Juan began his Plein Air painting career while in college. He studied Plein Air painting in watercolor with a California master watercolorist, Vernon Nye. He furthered his painting career with another California master watercolorist, Jade Fon Woo.

Juan, while painting in watercolor on-location, started using his mentor’s design principals and watercolor skills. He started using just three colors and by mixing a certain red, yellow and blue, he discovered he could produce a dramatic yet harmonious painting. He further studied watercolor properties and added a few more colors to his palette. Through his watercolor paintings he discovered that he could add his new found knowledge to the art principles he learned in college. Juan has published his first book detailing his new found knowledge titled “The Miracle Three”.