His mother always thought he was just a little bit of a rebel. And now just because he mixed his paints and painted out of the lines on his paint-by-number pictures. To this day, John Baughman marches to his own drummer, which is apparent when viewing his multi-media artwork. That is also part of his charm.
Growing up in rural Western Michigan, John was the oldest of five children. There were no artists in his family, but he was interested in drawing at a very young age; he differed from most young artists in that he wanted to be experimental rather than ordinary. A kind, neighbor lady, Paula Larson, who was a Director of Art, encouraged John to keep his interest in art by always leaving artistic materials on her kitchen table. They were open to him whenever he pleased.
John's father was an executive for GM, and hoped his son would grow up to be an engineer. John loved to draw cars, and entered the contest that the cimpany held every year to design autos for the future. Airplanes were something else he enjoyed drawing.
During his high school years, John had several other buddies who enoyed drawing as much as he did. In addition to that interest, he says they finished every stream in driving distance of home and loved sports. He played three sports in high school and still has a deep love for baseball.