John Kearns
resume & biography


  • 1958-1959 | Georgetown University
  • 1959-1962 | Rhode Island School Of Design

Work Exhibited At

  • Waterford Festival, Waterford, Va.
  • Gleedsville Gallery, ¬†Leesburg, Va.
  • The Frame Factory, Vienna, Va.


  • Second place | Waterford Festival | 2011


  • Photo Essay. Baltimore Sun Style Section
  • Washington Star Style Section
  • Fair fax Journal Style Section
  • Frederick Magazine. Section, Cover story
  • House and Garden Style Section

John Kearns gallery

John Kearns

Journey Into Design
By Chong Kang | Chris McClelland | John Kearns

Our Journey

Our purpose in producing this book is to share our experience with the reader and inspire others to dream and pursue ideas outside the experience new design revelations. Encompassing a decade of collaboration, it captures our unique journey in creativity and friendship. The illustrated result defines our passion for integrating unique design elements and collections of the unusual in textiles and objects. Our cumulative effort produced creative aces where treasures were synchronized in an eclectic dynamic reflecting a unique perspective and lifestyle. Friendships were bonded as the residence came to fruition. We have attempted to collar the excitement and reward of this experience, as imaginative minds embraced the challenge of fashioning magical spaces. The journey furthered our understanding that every undertaking has its moments...exhausting trials and successes, before achieving the desired goal. The shared experience was the realization of what teamwork produces through the requisite checks and balances that sustain a grounded project. The combination of enrichment, ruthless editing and keeping an eye on the prize, has resulted in a home where disparate and exotic objects co-exist. For the reader who wishes to follow our journey, we offer a few suggestions in achieving your goal. Rules are meant to guide, not dictate.

Kearns and Kang artwork


Decorative Painters

Kearns & Kang was founded in 1987. We are a company committed to the finest quality of work in decorative finishes, complementing the various styles of design, from baroque to zen/minimalist.

We are masters, as well, in the art of trompe l'oeil and period styles of mural art, whether it be French Impressionism, Neo-Classic or Chinoiserie, as seen in the Gracie wallpaper murals.

An added feature of our design services brought to our Clients is a thorough knowledge of color and its application to the total environment of the space.

As professional artists, this heightened color sensitivity enables us to create subtle effects that successfully mimic the style of old world finishes.

For additional information, portfolio review and consultation services, please contact us at 703.532.4263.

Kearns and Kang artwork

Chong Kang painting