Artist John Paul Strain captures the color, drama and heroism of the Civil War with a vivid realism that is unique among the nation's top-ranking historical artists. A native Southerner - born in Nashville, Tennessee - John Paul Strain has studied American History and the War Between the States in particular practically all of his life. He received his formal training at BYU, polished his professional techniques as an illustrator for the U.S. Department of Energy, and soon afterwards entered the field of historical fine art. His work met immediate success and was showcased at a premiere gallery in the Rocky Mountains. Acclaimed for his paintings of the Old West, he eventually moved to Texas to work full time in the field of historical art. His early works depicting Civil War subjects produced the same enthusiastic response as his Western Art, and in the 1980's John Paul Strain began to concentrate on the Civil War. Few artists in the field have gained such widespread popularity so quickly. His work is now acclaimed among collectors, who prize his studies of Lee, Jackson, Forrest and other Civil War leaders, as well as his scenes of conflict and pageantry. His distinctive artistic style, which combines bright colors and contrasting shadows, and his devotion to historic authenticity have dramatically increased his popularity. Today his original art is displayed throughout America and among collectors of fine art limited-edition Civil War prints. Artist John Paul Strain has become an American favorite.
A Word from John Paul Strain: It gives me great pride to have my historical artwork displayed on this Internet site and to share my passion for history through art with viewers around the world. Gettysburg Military Publishing who has been my sole and exclusive publisher since 1997, has done a fabulous job presenting my work on this Internet site, and I look forward to GMP publishing my work for years to come.
As we move into the next century, I look forward to many more years of painting the turning points in our nation's history. The medium I use is watercolor gouache, which allows me to paint with great detail, clarity, and brilliant colors.
I hope that you will join me in my passion for history and my love of bringing that history to life through my artwork.