Soon after retiring from journalism in 2005, John Koch began drawing and painting in various mediums.
By 2009, he began showing, and occasionally selling, his work at exhibits including:
-Members Open and Benefit Exhibits at Castle Hill.
-Several Cambridge Art Association juried shows including Blue (2009) and Red (2011).
-10 Miller Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA, (2010 and 2013).
-Solo show of paintings and drawings at COA Gallery in Truro, MA (August, 2012).
His 35 years in journalism focused on the arts.
He was variously a feature writer, critic and editor at several Boston newspapers including The Boston Globe (1979-2005) where he was the arts editor for nearly a decade.
After leaving the paper, John studied with various artists in their studios; others at the Center for Cambridge Adult Education; and several at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, and elsewhere.