John Paul Strain A painter in oil and gouache of life in the early American West, born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1955 and living in Benbrook, Texas. “The style of my work,” he says, “has been called reminiscent of the romantic landscapes and portrayals of Indian life of Henry Farny and Thomas Moran. I try and attain a certain mood and atmosphere in each of my paintings. I feel many of the great artists of the past such as Moran and Farny have that quality. “I began painting at an early age,” he adds, “and decided to become a Western artist when I was in high school. I attended the University of Redlands in California and Brigham Young University in Utah as an art major. After college, I was employed as an illustrator for the Department of Energy for a year and then I launched out on a career as a full time Western artist. I have since participated in major art shows such as the Russell Auction and the Phippen Memorial, and my work has been featured on the cover of The American Cowboy.” Strain’s access to the Old West has been by traveling to sketch and photograph the backgrounds and by research. His 1981 series of Indian portraits was on the Tarahumara Indians, “a group that live in the Sierra Madre region of northwestern Mexico. They have changed very little despite 300 years of contact with Spanish soldiers, missionaries, and the Mexican people. I based these paintings on photographs.” He also paints wildlife landscapes. Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C.