John Paul Strain Royal Buffalo Hunt Buffalo Bill Cody Colonel Custer Chief Spotted Tail Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich hunters rifle snow horses dog western gouache painting

John Paul Strain biography:

For over 40 years American artist John Paul Strain has been amazing art collectors with his unique talent of capturing moments in time from the early days of the American Frontier, the glory and pageantry of the American Civil War, to contemporary scenic and romantic locations across the world.

From the early age of 21, Mr. Strain’s paintings were represented by a major western art gallery. For 15 years his beautiful landscapes, wildlife paintings, and depictions of Indian life were represented by most every major western art gallery and top art auctions in the United States.

In 1991 Mr. Strain broadened his subjects to include historical art of the American Civil War.  During the next 30 years Mr. Strain focused his work on the world of daring horseback raids and epic battles with great armies and leaders, capturing and preserving a unique era in history.  Over a period of years, Mr. Strain became known as America’s leading historical artist, with over 80 magazine covers featuring his paintings.

The National Park Service uses his images in their publications and at battlefield sites.  His paintings are also featured on historical plaque markers located at General Robert E. Lee’s home Arlington National Cemetery – Virginia.… Harper’s Ferry National Battlefield Park – Jefferson County, West Virginia…. Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park – Stewart County, Tennessee.… Stone’s River National Battlefield Park – Murfreesboro, Tennessee…. General J.E.B Stuart’s Home Laurel Hill – Patrick County, Virginia.… Patrick Gass Home of the Lewis and Clark Journey of the Corps of Discovery,  Penn State Franklin County Master Gardeners of Chambersburg, PA…. Burke’s Station Virginia – Civil War Trails.

Strain’s paintings have helped raise funds for many historical restoration projects and battlefield preservation organizations.

A number of historical private institutions and museums have on site displays featuring his work such as Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello, Charlottesville VA…. General Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, Winchester VA…. Kernstown Battlefield Museum, Kernstown VA.… Belle Boyd’s Home and Museum, Front Royal VA.… General Jubal Early Homeplace and Archaeological Site, Hardy VA…. Shenandoah County Courthouse, Woodstock VA…. Williamsport Town Hall, Maryland…. Museum of Fredericksburg, VA.… The Texas Civil War Museum, Fort Worth TX.… Lincoln County Historical Museum, North Platte NE…. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte NE…. Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum, Georgia…. Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial visitor center, Colleville- sir-Mer, France.

Mr Strain’s work is featured in books, movies, and film including the television shows of C-Span’s Washington Journal, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, ABC’s TV Show Rock The Park, and ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  His work was also featured in the 2017 movie “The Dinner”.   Strain’s work was recently featured in the Traveltalks film “Cradle of a Nation” on Turner Classic Movies.

Throughout his long career he has won many awards for his art.  Reproductions of his work have won numerous 1st place awards and “Best of Show” honors, such as the PICA Awards, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, and at the PIAG Awards in Georgia.  The city of Fredericksburg, Virginia awarded Mr. Strain a “Proclamation Award” for his artistic contribution in the preservation and historical endeavors of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for the year of 2000.  In 2010 Mr. Strain won the Henry Timrod Southern Culture Award presented by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars – Descendants of Officers of the Confederacy.  Mr. Strain was awarded the “Certificate of Recognition” from the Department of North Carolina Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in December 2015.  In 2017 Mr. Strain was unanimously chosen by the Board of Directors of the General N.B. Forrest Historical Society for the “Forrest Distinguished Artist of the Year Award”.

Strain is also a featured artist for internationally known collector art companies the Bradford Exchange and the Franklin Mint for which he has created a Civil War Chess Set, several limited edition plate series, sculptures, and many other collectable items featuring his paintings.  Strain’s paintings also accent labels of the prestigious Winery at Kindred Pointe, Virginia.

Mr. Strain has also completed a number of commissioned works for the United States Army, which are on permanent display at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and the battlefield visitor’s center at Normandy, France.  Notably his work has been collected by many US Senators, US Congressmen, State Governors, Country Musicians and Film Industry celebrities.  His work can be found at the United States Pentagon and assorted United States Navy Military War Ships currently in service.

Available paintings:

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John Paul Strain gouache painting Colonel Custer's Colts pistols gun historic history Little Big Horn Greasy Grass Custer's Last Stand western

“Colonel Custer’s Colts”
John Paul Strain
gouache  13″ x 19″    

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John Paul Strain Wild Bill Hickok Calamity Jane old western town historic historical history western gouache painting

“Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane”
John Paul Strain
gouache  18″ x 26″    

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John Paul Strain Crow Winter Camp Native American Indian tee pee tipi encampment village snow western gouache watercolor painting

“Crow Winter Camp”
John Paul Strain
gouache  2″ x 2 1/2″    

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John Paul Strain Blackfoot Winter Camp Native American Indian encampment tee pee tipi snow western gouache painting

“Blackfoot Winter Camp”
John Paul Strain
gouache  9 1/2″ x 14″    


John Paul Strain Royal Buffalo Hunt Buffalo Bill Cody Colonel Custer Chief Spotted Tail Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich hunters rifle snow horses dog western gouache painting sold

“Royal Buffalo Hunt”
John Paul Strain
gouache  21 1/2″ x 31 1/5″    


John Paul Strain Custer's Scout White Man Runs Him Native American Indian portrait gouache western painting sold

“Custer’s Scout”
John Paul Strain
gouache  7″ x 5″    


John Paul Strain Autumn Twilight Native American Indian horse dog Wolfe tee pee tipi encampment snow western landscape oil gouache painting sold

“Winter Twilight”
John Paul Strain
gouache  30″ x 20″    


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