John M. Alvis

John M. Alvis


6413 Ridge Lake Road

Hixson, Tennessee 37343


  Art has always been a part of John’s life. His mother, May Bell Alvis, and his sister, Judy Alvis Parsons, were multi-media artisans in the Birmingham area. Both were mainly self-taught using natural abilities. John has studied under Joyce Meffert for several years. He has recently been accepted into membership in the Civic Arts League and the Regional Art Alliance and has begun displaying his oil paintings through both organizations.

John currently specializes in landscapes. His love for nature has led him to travel to numerous countries, U.S. national parks and monuments with his lovely and supportive wife of 49 years, Gail. They have two adult sons, Johnny and Allen.

He retired as Professor of Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He spent 32 years in teaching higher education. He taught during his years of completing degrees at Jacksonville State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Arkansas. He taught at the University of Kentucky before locating to the Hixson area.

John’s other interests include golf, music, landscaping, reading, and public service. He performs a combination of song and comedy for various senior groups and churches. He serves on the steering committee for the Friends of Hixson, as treasurer of the Friends of the North River Civic Center, and president of his Ridge Lake North Neighborhood Association.  He is known for the smile on his face and the song in his heart.  He enjoys a life blessed by God.

John’s current artwork!