signature Statement

My work encompasses two primary genres - "Plein Air" landscapes and figures; using two primary mediums - oils and watercolors. The paintings are surely representational and indeed narrative at times, but the imagery is not "about" the pictorial. I use the subject matter (whether it be a farmhouse, tree, cloud, wave or figure) as elements of design in order to capture specific natural phenomena, moment in space and time and mood of "event." Painting is not just the celebration of vision but, rather a quest for experience. In this sense, my painting is not a recording of facts seen. It is the process of interpretation of a fleeting muse. This process is, as a result, in a constant state of emergency. Like dance, painting must change anew to the beat of the muse. After conceiving a painting in the field, establishing value relationships, coordinating color fields and bringing forth some detail resolution, I bring the painting home to its studio and let it "cook" for a while. Removed from the subjective space, the painting requires a life of its own. I hold suspicious a painting that is resolved easily. "Pushing and Pulling" an image, adding and subtracting values, adjusting colour is what brings a painting together. I generally try to stretch my own canvases. I use four coats of gesso, each layer less thinned that the previous one and I sand between coats. More often than not, I will tone the canvas with Acrylic. This allows me to "Push and Pull" from the middle of the tonal value scale. It also presents a homogeneous color field, enriching the overall body of colour. My palette is quite limited consisting of; Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. I may occasionally add another color or two depending on mood and subject. I rarely draw on the canvas, preferring to immediately paint, allowing the "drawing" to sculpt itself. I rely heavily on good "drawing" skills and expressive painterly techniques. I may be seen on many highways and byways painting directly from nature. My work is in many private and public collections including the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis, The Harrison Group in Ocean City, and Second National Building and Loan. My paintings have won numerous awards and have been accepted in many juried exhibitions both regionally and nationally.

EDUCATION
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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2006 BOI's Gallery of New Hope, Pa: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2001-2005 The F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2001-2006 The Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2000-Present Troika Gallery, Easton, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2000-2003 Peninsula Gallery, Lewis, DE: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
1997-2006 The Balcony Gallery at The Globe Theater, Berlin, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
2003-present Mid Atlantic Plein Painters Association Member
1999-2002 National Academy of Plein Air Painters Member
1997 The Finer Side Gallery, Salisbury, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
1990-1996 McMillan Gallery, Salisbury, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
1983-1987 Calico Gallery of St. Michaels, MD: Continuous Exhibition & Representation
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

EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
July 2007 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
July/August 2006 BOI's Gallery, New Hope, Pa, one man exhibition
July 2006 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
December 2005 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Small Painting Exhibition
July 2005 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition 1rst Prize-Best Painting depicting a Figure
July 2005 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Exhibition
June 2004 The F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Solo Exhibition
April 2004 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Spring Exhibition
November-December 2003 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Exhibition
November 2003 The Gallery at Chesapeake East, Salisbury, MD - Select Group Exhibition
July 2007 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
July/August 2006 BOI's Gallery, New Hope, Pa, one man exhibition
July 2006 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
December 2005 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Small Painting Exhibition
July 2005 Easton MD-National juried Plein Air Competition and Exhibition First Prize-Best Painting depicting a Figure
July 2005 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Exhibition
June 2004 The F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Solo Exhibition
April 2004 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Spring Exhibition
November-December 2003 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD - Select Group Exhibition
November 2003 The Gallery at Chesapeake East, Salisbury, MD - Select Group Exhibition
September 2000 The Balcony Gallery at The Globe Theater, Berlin, MD - Group Feature Exhibition
July-August 2000 Gubernatorial Juried Exhibition at the State House
September-October 1998 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - 7th Annual Juried Exhibition
September-October 1998 Gubernatorial Juried Exhibition at the State House
September 1998 Gubernatorial Exhibition at the State House - "Landscapes of the Mind and Beyond"
June 1998 The Balcony Gallery at the Globe Theater - Feature Exhibition, Plein Air Painting
September-October 1997 The Balcony Gallery at The Globe Theater, Berlin, MD - Group Feature Exhibition
November-December 1993 Morning Mist Gallery, Ocean City, MD - Solo Exhibition
April 1993 McMillan Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Feature Exhibition
June 1992 McMillan Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Feature Exhibition
August 1991 Wicomico Free Library/Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Solo Exhibition
November-December 1990 Morning Mist Gallery, Ocean City, MD - Feature Exhibition
April 1989 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual Spring Juried Exhibition *Award - Honorable Mention
October 1988 The Gallery at Court Plaza, Salisbury, MD - Feature Exhibition
April 1988 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual Spring Juried Exhibition *Award - Best-In-Show/Oil
June 1987 Easton Academy of Art, Easton, MD - 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition
November 1987 The Gallery at Court Plaza, Salisbury, MD - Feature Exhibition
January 1987 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Solo Exhibition/Main Gallery
November 1986 American Artist Professional League Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y. - 58th Grand National Exhibition Jury: National Board of A.A.P.L.
September 1986 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Faculty Exhibit
June 1986 Easton Academy of Art, Easton, MD - 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Juror: Sydney K. Hamburger, Director: Jonathon Mann
June 1986 Baltimore Watercolor Society, Baltimore, MD - Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Juror: Kent Day Coes, Director: M. Saboe
April 1986 Dorchester 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Cambridge, MD - Juror: Margaret Hubbard
March 1986 Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Director: Amy Isaacs *Award - First National Bank Award/Best-In-Show
October 1985 Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual Juried Miniature Show
June 1985 Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD - "Sand & Sea" Theme Show *Award - Honorable Mention
April 1985 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Faculty Exhibit
March 1985 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual Spring Juried Exhibition *Award - 3rd Place Professional
February 1985 Wicomico County Library/Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Solo Exhibition, Director: Rosemary Truitt
November 1984 American Artist Professional League at the Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y. - 56th Grand National Exhibition Jury of Selection: National Board of A.A.P.L.
November 1984 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Annual "Members" Exhibit *Award - 3rd Place
September 1984 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - "Historic" Theme Exhibition
July 1984 M. E. Tawes Building (dedication) Department of Natural Resources - Solo Exhibition
March 1984 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Spring Annual Juried Exhibition *Award - Best-In-Show
December 1983 Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - Christmas Annual Juried Exhibition *Award - Best-In-Show, Juror: Allan Feltys, Art Professor, American University

John T. Eisman ~ P.O. Box 271 ~ Mardela Springs, MD 21837 ~ 410-543-4884 ~
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