“After Words” is an exhibit of acrylic paintings and other works created by Syracuse artist John Mariani after he retired from a 32-year career as a reporter and editor at The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com. Most are landscapes derived from Mariani’s travels to Italy and France or inspired by scenery in and around Syracuse, but he’s sprinkled in a few portraits, still lifes and concept pieces for good measure.

A journalist by profession, John Mariani began painting in 2012 at age 55 while recovering from surgery. Originally inspired by Bob Ross and other PBS artists whose shows kept him company during his recuperation, Mariani now studies with Sherry Spann Allen. “I love to paint, first of all, but I love even more the notion that the things I create make people happy,” he says.