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John Thomas Eiseman

John Retired early from business to paint outdoors. He paints landscapes, still lifes, and figures: using acrylics, oils, and watercolors. His paintings are representational and narrative at times, but the imagery is not about the pictorial. He uses the subject matter as elements of design to capture specific natural phenomena, moment in space and time and mood John believes that painting is not just the celebration of vision, but rather a quest for experience. In this sense, his paintings are not a recording of facts seen – It is the process of interpreting a fleeting muse. His work is in many private and public collections. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art. John’s paintings have won numerous awards and have been accepted into many juried exhibitions both regionally and nationally.



1976-1977 Kansas City Art Institute: Foundation Program
1978-1979 Salisbury State College: Fine & Liberal Arts
1979-1981 Maryland Institute College of Art: Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate; Cum Laud

2020– Les Poissons Gallery, Chestertown, Md: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2020-2023 Artists Emporium: Continuous Exhibition & Representation (Gallery closed)
2019– Oil Painters of America
2010– Bishop’s Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, Md
2019– Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters association
2006-2015 BOI’s Gallery of New Hope, Pa: Continuous Exhibition & Representation (Gallery closed)
2001-2005 The F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2001- The Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2000-2007 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2000-2003 Peninsula Gallery, Lewis, DE: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
1997-2007 The Balcony Gallery at The Globe Theater, Berlin, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
1999-2002 National Academy of Plein Air Painters Member
1997 The Finer Side Gallery, Salisbury, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation (Gallery Closed)
1990-1996 McMillan Gallery, Salisbury, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation (Gallery Closed)
1983-1987 Calico Gallery of St. Michaels, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation (Gallery Closed)
1983-1990 The Gallery at Court Plaza, Salisbury, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation – Gallery Closed 1990
1982-1983 The Chesapeake Gallery, Annapolis, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation – Gallery Closed 1983
1983-Present Salisbury Art Institute & Gallery Member: Continuous Exhibition, Teaching Painting & Drawing , Committee Activities
1985-Present Easton Academy of Art Member: Includes Exhibition

July 2023 Plein Air Easton – Invited juried artist for
June 2023 Paint Annapolis – Invited Juried artist for Paint Annapolis
May, 2023 Plein Air New Bern – Invited juried artist
April 2023 Winter park, Florida paint out- invitational- sponsored by the Albin Polasek
April 2023 Olmstead Invitational, Atlanta. Georgia.
March 2023 Invited guest faculty for Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
March/April 2023 juried artist into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Annual Natl’
Exhibition – at the Reinert Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, S.C.
December 2022 Solo Exhibition at The Artists’ Emporium in Havre de Grace, Md
September 2022 Harford Plein Air festival, invited juried artist – two awards: “People’s Choice Award” – and – “Spirit of Maryland Award”
September 2022 Suffolk, Virginia Plein Air festival – invited juried artist
August 2022 3rd Floyd Plein Air Biennial Floyd, Va., Arts Center – invited juried artist – award: Silver Award (second place overall)
July, 2022 Plein Air Easton – invited juried juried artist
May, 2022 Gloucester Arts Festival – Invited artist – awarded “Best Nocturne” painting for the painting “Moon River”. (Juror _ Nancy Tankersley)
May, 2022 Plein Air New Bern – Invited juried artist award – 2nd place for show for the painting “Waiting”. (juror = Haidee Jo Summers)
April 2022 Winter park, Florida paint out- invitational- sponsored by the Albin Polasek Museum
April 2022 Olmstead Invitational, Atlanta. Georgia.
April/May 2022 American Impressionist Society (AIS), 2nd annual associate member’s spring online exhibit
April/May 2022 Nat’l Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Best of America Small Painting Exhibit
at the Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
March/April 2022 Adkins Arboretum and Nature Center-juried invitational. “Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore” – award-Leon Andrus award for Best in show
December 2021 Plein Air Crisfield, Md., participating artist
September – December 2021 American Impressionist Society 22nd Annual National juried Exhibition
October 2021 Hudson Valley Plein Air – invited juried artist
September/October 2021 Bath County, Va Plein Air-invited juried artist
September 2021 Worcester County, Md-Berlin plein Air festival
September 2021 Chincoteague Island, Va Plein Air
August 2021 Adirondacks Plein Air Festival – awards – Founders Award, “Spirit of the Wilderness Award”, 2nd place overall.
August 2021 Ocean City Plein Air – “Paint OC” – award – “Best in Category – Marine Painting”
July/August 2021 – AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Center, Solomons, Md/with the Smithsonian Institute -juried invited artist-paintings exhibited in “Shine” exhibit…artworks depicting “light”
June 2021 Mountain Maryland Plein Air-invited juried artist
June 2021 Gloucester Arts Festival – invited juried artist – award -best in category – best painting of the river.
May 2021 New Bern NC Plein Air-invited juried artist – award -2nd place – for “Across The Fields” sl#696
May 2021 St George Island Paint out – invited juried artist -award- Artists’ choice award – for “Gull Posts” sl#693
April 2021 Coastal Virginia Plein Air – invited juried artist – award – Best in Show for “Warterman’s Sundown” (sl#684) (juror = M. Stephen Dougherty)
April 2021 Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE., Invited artist for select exhibition “Local Favorites” -paintings of Delmarva Peninsula culture…Rehoboth, Lewes, beaches, farms
March/April 2021 at Artist Emporium Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD., Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc.,
Winter exhibition-juried artist – award – Best Use of Light for “Ye Ole Homestead” (sl#561) (juror= Valery Craig)
Fall 2020 Natl’ Oil and Acrylic Painters of America (NOAPS) juried artist for 2020 Fall International exhibit
exhibited “Lily Pad Pond” (sl#604)
October 2020 Ellicott City, Md Plein Air- invited juried artist
September 2020 Paint Annapolis, Maryland, -invited juried artist
August/September 2020 American Impressionist Society (AIS) juried artist National Online Exhibit-exhibited “Flew The Coop” (sl#616)
August/September 2020 Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, Md selected exhibition:”Creating In Quarantine”
exhibited “Mumford’s Lane” (sl#624)
September 2020 Ocean City, Md – featured in group exhibit at the Gallery at the Art League – awarded Best in Show: Maritime Painting for “End Of Day: West O.C.” (sl#647)(juror = Bernard Dellario)
August 2020 Ocean City,Md Plein Air Paint Out-Award-Best Maritime painting
July/September 2020 Long Beach Island, NJ Plein Air Festival–invited juried artist
July/September 2020 Hartford County, Md Plein Air Festival–invited juried artist – awarded Juror’s choice award for “Holloway Lea” (sl#631) (juror = Cynthia Rosen)
October 2020 New Bern, NC Plein Air- invited juried artist
June 2020 Mountain Maryland Plein Air (Cumberland)-invited juried artist
April 2020 Featured exhibit at Bishop’s Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, Md
March-October 2020 LandArts Farm to Table Plein Air, Pa- invited juried artist
April 2020 Coastal Virginia Plein Air – invited juried artist
February 2020 Chadd’s Ford Historical Society-invited juried artist
July 2019 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition

Artist Statement

I had a long successful career in sales and marketing for the Paint and Coatings industry – I sold paint for a living. It paid for houses, cars, kid’s college and family times. I have always been frugal. Also, I have always painted on the weekends and evenings… sometimes to the chagrin of my wife and my kid’s little league schedule. Four years ago – in an empty nest – my wife said…”go – retire early and get out and paint…we are fine…” I did. Now I participate in about 10 – 12 plein air events a year.