Detail, "Donkey at Mogollon Ruins". Watercolor. John Stermer, Artist. ©John Stermer Estate/Stermer Art LLC

Three Watercolor Paintings

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jul 15, 2024

In recognition of “World Watercolor Month”, I thought I would share three of John Stermer watercolors. Early Days. I am not sure when John Stermer started working with watercolor.  But, it is possible he was taught or mentored by Lars Hoftrup, Elmira NY, during his teens and early 20s. This could have been the late 1930s and on into the early  1940s.  Later, after John returned from service during World War II, he may have continued working with Lars on his visits to Elmira and […]

"Vladem Contemporary (New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe NM) Exhibition "Off Center..."

Vladem Contemporary Art (NMMA) Exhibition “Off-Center…”

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jun 24, 2024

About “Off-Center…” Hi!  We would like to share with you news about an exhibition at “New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary”, Santa Fe, NM.  The exhibition is called “Off-Center: New Mexico Art 1970 – 2000”,  Christian Waguespack, Curator.  The show features works by artist from around the state: from Santa Fe to Silver City; Albuquerque to Roswell; and other locations. The exhibition runs from June 8th, 2024 through May 4th, 2025.   “Off Center” is organized around three themes: place, spectacle and identity.   […]

Detail: South Light Lighthouse. ©John Stermer Estate/Stermer Art LLC

John Stermer At The Art Students League of New York, 1947 – 1951

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Feb 23, 2024

I would like to talk to you about John Stermer’s education at The Art Students League of New York during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  This was a key time in his development as an artist. To explain, this is the second in a series of articles on John Stermer’s life and artistic development.  Part one talks about John Stermer’s formative years in Elmira NY as well as his service in the Navy during World War II.    As a reminder, this series of […]

"Woik!" Cartoon For Seabee Pictorial History Book by John Stermer-Cox

John Stermer’s Early Years*

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Dec 5, 2023

Formative Years, through 1946* This is part one of a series of articles about John Stermer’s life and development as an artist.  This article gives a brief summary of the early years, that is from childhood through to his Navy years in World War II. The narrative of this series of articles is based largely on research done prior to the 2021 retrospective of his work.  Mixed in are memories of John Stermer as told to his daughters. Childhood. Born in 1920, John Stermer grew […]

"Tree Rock" Oil Painting,©John Stermer Estate/Stermer Art LLC; Thumbnail and Detail

“Tree Rock”: An Excuse To Paint

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Oct 5, 2023

Greetings!  I would like to talk to you about the painting “Tree Rock” and  John Stermer’s motto,  “The Subject Is An Excuse To Paint”. To explain, when asked about how he found his subject matter, John Stermer (Dad) liked to say that “the subject is an excuse to paint.  And, I find excuses everywhere: in the desert and the ocean; in a mountain or geranium; and in an adobe hut or human figure”.   In other words, I like to think that he found nature […]

Watkins Glen NY & A Conversation Long Ago

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | May 10, 2023

Greetings! I would like to share with you a detail portion of an early John Stermer oil painting of Watkins Glen, NY.   Watkins Glen is not too far from where John grew up in Elmira, NY and I think it was a favorite place for him.  Not surprising, then, that Dad took us (his family) there a couple of times when we were in the area visiting. As I was looking at this painting, I remembered a conversation I had with Dad when I […]

John Stermer Drawing, 1946: Neighbor's House, Elmira New York (With notes)

Drawing Of A House, 1946

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Apr 15, 2023

Greetings!  I would like to share with you a drawing of a house John Stermer did back in 1946.  It is a of drawing of a house across the street from his parent’s home in Elmira NY. The drawing is unusual in that it has some notes and corrections around the house.  I don’t know who did the corrections.  In looking at the writing, my guess is that some of the notes are from John – for example the type of pencil he used is […]

Detail, "Winter in Mogollon" Oil painting by John Stermer

John Stermer Presentation At New Mexico History Conference

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Mar 28, 2023

We are happy to say that Dorothy, John Stermer’s daughter and estate manager, will be one of the presenters at the New Mexico History Conference this weekend, March 30th through April 1st.  Hosted by the Historical Society of New Mexico, the conference will be in Silver City, NM which, coincidentally, was where John Stermer and his family lived the last 20 years of his life. Thanks! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Historical Society of New Mexico and Susan Berry, Board […]

Artist Yen Chu, Winner WNMU John Stermer Art Scholarship

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jan 23, 2023

Greetings!  On behalf of John Stermer Fine Art, we would like to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Yen Chu of Silver City, New Mexico!  She is the recipient of the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) John Stermer Art Scholarship for 2022/2023.  And, we would like to share with you some of Ms. Chu’s artwork and her artist’s statement. Yen Chu Artist’s Statement. “I create representational art designed to push the boundaries of cultural stigma. I investigate the expression of uncomfortable emotions like rage, helplessness, and […]

Scratchboard and Ink: John Stermer, Colfax Ruins

Happy New Year & 3 Scratchboard Drawings

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Dec 30, 2022

Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to say express my thanks for another wonderful year!  I am grateful to all of you who follow this John Stermer blog.  Whether you are friends of the family or find this website via internet search, I appreciate your interest and support! About the Scratchboard Drawings As I was considering what image to post for today, Dad’s scratchboard work of wine bottles popped into my head.  He enjoyed working with scratchboard (or scraper board as it is called […]

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