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JOHN THAMM

John F. Thamm lives in Spokane and has been an accomplished portrait and landscape painter for many years. He teaches painting workshops in the United States and Europe with Farbi Flora in Berlin, Germany.

Born in Wendell Idaho, John studied art with Herman Keys in Spokane and went on to receive his undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Idaho. His work is in private collections throughout the United States and the Wolfson Museum in Miami Beach, Florida.

When John was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in 1978, he became friends with Bob Ross. John was an art instructor with the Community Colleges of Spokane. They would paint together in John's studio in Peaceful Valley. Bob and John remained good friends until Bob's death in 1995.

John's book "Vets: Fifty Portraits of Veterans and Their Stories" features area servicemen and women from every branch of the armed forces who fought in wars from World War II-Iraq. John set up an easel in the lobby of the Spokane Veterans Medical Center, painted the veterans' portraits and recorded their stories. A show of the paintings was featured at the Spokane Veterans Hospital and part of the collection is presently at the new Behavioral Health wing of the VA. A video of the project can be viewed on KSPS' Northwest Profiles series online, or order the book by contacting him at the information below.

John has been a courtroom sketch artist for TV and newspaper media including CNN, ABC, Associated Press, KREM, KXLY and the Spokesman Review.

John's political work expresses his comments on the elements of war, politics and religion. He has done extensive research into the Kennedy assassination and produced a body of work around the subject.

J. F. Thamm Studios 1617 W Water Ave, Spokane WA 99201 ( 509) 868-7434

 

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