Straight out of high school John left Durango, Colorado, where he was born and raised, and joined the Air Force. After a four year term he settled in Santa Barbara, California where he furthered his education and began a career in the high tech computer industry, first as a technical writer and illustrator and later a manufacturing engineer. As his career evolved to include extensive travel to the Orient and Mexico where he helped set up foreign manufacturing facilities, so did his career as an artist and craftsman. In 1993 John started Montoya Designs on a full time basis and turned his attention exclusively towards developing his own unique style.
Since the early 1970s John has expressed his creativity and love of wood through many mediums including Tiffany style lamps and clocks, bronze and wood sculptures of Native American images and the wildly popular wooden Southwestern folk art of the late 1980's. His work has evolved and matured into his present line of contemporary Southwestern furniture and accessories as well as a more rustic western and mountain lodge collection. Each of John's pieces are one of a kind and incorporate an unpredictable blend of fine woods, stone, metal, tile, glass, cow hide and natural found materials.
John began exhibiting his work more than thirty years ago at art and craft festivals and fine art exhibits through out California and the Southwest. After several years of marketing his furniture line for sale to retail furniture stores and galleries he has returned to exhibiting at fine art festivals and accepting custom commissions.
John currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Betsy and their three rescue Greyhounds.