More than 75 years have passed since a 10-year-old John H. Corrigan first picked up a mechanical pencil and started to draw. “That was it, I was hooked,” he says. “I discovered I loved the detail of mechanical drawing and that influenced my art for many, many years.”
Today John, a retired advertising and creative design pro, is well known in the local art community for his meticulous pen-and-ink architectural drawings, as well as his watercolor landscapes and his work with colored pencils. And since 2015, when he moved into a light-filled, 2,000-square-foot cottage at South Franklin Circle in Chagrin Falls, his practice has continued to flourish.
“High ceiling with large windows make for a great space to work and hang paintings – my own and others that my wife and I collected throughout our 60 years together,” John says. “I’ve been able to personalize both the interior and exterior of my home as I play out this next phase of my life.”
John’s “next phase” has been an active one. Over the years, he has shared his artistic talents with memory-care patients at Crane House, SFC’s center for nursing care, memory care, and assisted living; socialized with friends at Radius, the community’s fine-dining restaurant; made frequent use of the heated pool; attended an assortment of lectures and classical music concerts; taken part in a men’s discussion group; and volunteered as a Judson “ambassador,” spreading the good word about life at South Franklin Circle.
On that last point, he’s a natural. “Moving to South Franklin Circle was, and still is, the best move for me as my journey continues to unfold,” John will tell you. “The staff and the community have given me a very warm welcome. This is truly my home.”