by Michael Scott-Blair
John Banovich: A Multifaceted Artist, Businessman, Conservationist, Philosopher

It was 3 o’clock in the morning and pouring rain when John Banovich slipped in a mud-filled ditch. “I sat there on my rump, covered in mud, with the rain pouring down my face, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘If I give everything I have to everything I do, I will be successful in anything I attempt in my life.’ “ It’s not the kind of philosophical introspection most people are given to while sitting in a mud-filled ditch at 3 a.m., but it is the kind of single-minded, focused determination that has taken Banovich from being a disenchanted competitive bodybuilder and personal fitness trainer to being an internationally sought-after wildlife artist and passionate conservationist.