John Rush was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1948. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in industrial design, he worked as a machine tool designer and later a city planner. Since childhood, his main passion has been drawing. This led him to Los Angeles to study illustration at ArtCenter College, graduating in 1975. He later moved to New York and became a freelance illustrator. His interest in history and mythology sparked extensive travel in Europe and working for such clients as National Geographic, U.S. National Parks Service and the History Channel. His illustrated version of Ivanhoe was published by Chronicle Books. John’s work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Spectrum Illustration, Society of Publication Designers and The London Design Awards. His paintings and illustrations are included in many private and institutional collections, including the U.S. Department of the Interior, British Petroleum, U.S. Steel, Wells Fargo and the Government of the French Republic.