John Mueller

Waypoint Studio
1602 Cove Ave #5
La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: 541.786.5761





Born in Houston, Texas, in 1967, I grew up from the age of 3 or 4 in the once small and liberal city of Austin, Texas. I believe that the exceptional environment of Austin in those years enhanced and nurtured my earliest leanings toward art and creativity.

After graduating from Austin High in 1987, I attended the University of North Texas. It was during my studies there that I began to find my voice as an artist. While all of the faculty there were outstanding, It was my Metalsmithing professor, Harlan Butt, who most inspired me to push my expression to its limits. His work served as a high watermark for the seamless attachment of fine craftsmanship to conceptual clarity.  I received my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree in 1991 and returned to Austin.


From 1992 to 1996, I established a studio with another artist while working as a preparator at the Austin Museum of Art. I was also working full-time as a carpenter, and my skills in that trade began to mature. In 1996, I relocated to the small rural community of La Grande, Oregon. I became a licensed contractor and have been operating my own remodeling business ever since.

Since joining Waypoint Studio in 2004, I have enjoyed a renewed and strengthened commitment to my artistic pursuits. My exhibition successes and increased production in recent years have been deeply rewarding. I am dedicated to the continuation and advancement of my artwork and my contributions to Waypoint Studio.



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