John T. Meehan III was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tyler School of Art, Temple University’s art school, in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.
He painted and worked various part-time jobs, eventually coaching gymnastics full-time. John met his future wife while painting on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey two weekends before starting graduate school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
In 1993, he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting. He stopped coaching when he got married in 1994. His career as a stay-at-home father began in May of 1996, while teaching evening art classes at various places.