JustJohnA native of Atlantic City, N.J., John spent his early years in Philadelphia, PA. He won a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1953-58,where he was strongly influenced by Morris Blackburn’s theory of design, and Francis Speight’s teaching of landscape painting. He was awarded the coveted Cresson Travelling Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to study master paintings and old world architecture in France, Holland and Italy.  Street scenes of old Philadelphia became his favorite subject. Long before the phrase,”plein air,” came into vogue, John routinely set up his easel “on site”, frequently attracting newspaper photographers!In the community art movement of the ’60’s, John was one of the founders of the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. In 1974, he and his wife, Blanche, opened the Kammer Gallery, to promote local artists. Moving to California in 1988, John was thrilled to find exciting subjects to paint in the landscapes and Victorian architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area.


John blends realism and impressionism in his work in varied media: oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil and photography. He aims to capture the glowing transparency of the California coastal light. John’s expertise in drawing, composition and perspective is a result of his rigorous training. His portfolio contains many miniature works, and he has converted some of his paintings into postcards of Alameda.


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
LaSalle University, Philadelphia
Temple University, Philadelphia
The University of Pennsylvania
Blue Cross- Blue Shield
Caesar’s World, Las Vegas and many private collections

Professional Organizations:

Alameda Art Association
California Watercolor Association
Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Board of Directors, Alameda Art Association

Selected Awards

 1954   Wanamaker Prize for Watercolor Awards:
 1955   Ramborger Prize for Line Drawing
 1956   Cresson Travelling Scholarship for European study
 1978   3rd Prize, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Ass'n.
 1989   Berkeley Art Award, East Bay Watercolor Ass',.
 1993   1st Place, Miniatures Show, East Bay Watercolor Ass'n.
 2003   Best of Show, Alameda Art Ass'n.
 2006  Award of Excellence, Alameda Art Association
 2008  First Place, Alameda Art Association