Artist Statement

A native of Berkeley, I have resided in Northern California all my life.  I’ve lived in Aptos since 1986  I've been a professional photographer since 1976.  My interest in photography actually came from my love of music.  As a former chronicler of the halcyon days of the San Francisco music scene,  I photographed portraits of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and numerous other rock legends.  These signed & numbered prints are available on my website.

Eventually, my interest transitioned to landscape photography.  I had my first exhibit in 1976 and never looked back.  I’ve had numerous exhibits in Scottsdale and Carefree (Arizona), Park City (Utah), Boulder City (Nevada), Santa Fe (New Mexico), as well as exhibits throughout Northern California.  Starting this coming year, I plan to stay closer to home; exhibiting primarily out of my home/studio in Aptos.

A few years ago, I transitioned to leading Photo Workshops, in areas such as N. Rim of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Navajolands of Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly, and just recently, the Eastern Sierra & and the Bodie Ghost Town.  By having the right group of enthusiastic participants, I have found the workshops to be very enjoyable.  I plan to continue these workshops this coming year.

My photographs are available as Metal Prints, Canvas Prints and Traditional Paper Prints.   My images can be viewed on my website at  You can also view my work at my Aptos Studio (by appointment).  If you wish to be informed of any upcoming studio or local exhibits, please email me at to be placed on any e-mail list.  (I do NOT share your email with anyone).
HOLIDAY GIFTS: - The following items make great Holiday Gifts….

2021 Wall Calendars & Weekly Engagement Planners

Photographic Note Cards

“It’s Only Rock & Roll”  Prints

Photographs on Metal, Canvas, and Traditional Paper.

"Cut & Paste" the web links below to take you directly to the items on my website.

Website Home Page:
Wall Calendar:
Mini Calendar:
Weekly Planner:
Note Cards:
"It’s Only Rock & Roll" Prints:

Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you!

John Gavrilis - (831) 295-4477

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