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Family Portraits: Detail of a Self Portrait by the Artist; 1970

Family Portraits: A Sampling By Artist John Stermer

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Feb 16, 2020

Hi!  I’d like to share with you a sampling of John Stermer portraits.   And, in particular, we will feature drawings and paintings of family members. Lucienne. This is an early painting my Dad, artist John Stermer, did of my Mom.  What I particularly like is the muted colors; it sets a mood of serenity. Portraits As Specialty? I have a memory of my Dad, once telling me that there was a time when he considered specializing in painting portraits.  I gather that he found inspiration …

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Rockport House, Detail; Oil Painting by John Stermer

“Rockport House”, Oil Painting On Linen

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Jan 3, 2020

Greetings!  I’d like to share with you one of John Stermer’s nautical themed paintings.  Titled Rockport House (Inv # S-18), it is a small painting done in oil and on linen.   Even though it is small, it has a presence.  Perhaps that is because of the thick impasto application of the paint.  Also, Rockport House has strong value (light-v-dark) contrast and line work. The painting refers to Rockport, Maine.  Though I am not sure when this work was painted, Dad did take the occasional trip to …

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Still Life: Detail, Plant In Clay Pot by John Stermer

Still Life Painting: “Plant In A Clay Pot”

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Dec 17, 2019

Introducing A Favorite Still Life. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you a John Stermer still life painting.  Titled “Plant In A Clay Pot”, this is another favorite.   Just a pause here for full disclosure, I have many favorites; it comes with being one of the artist’s daughters. Incidentally, there are some compositional notes about this painting I particularly like.  Come to think of it, maybe that is the reason, in part, that this painting is a personal favorite. What I’m talking about is …

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Detail, Miner's Motel, Madrid NM

Miner’s Hotel, Madrid NM And A Bit About Artist’s Inventories

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Dec 3, 2019

Introducing the Painting. I’d like to share with you a John Stermer painting from the late 1970s or early 1980s.  The painting’s title is “Miner’s Hotel, Madrid NM” and it’s done in oil. Oddly enough, this painting is in my personal collection.  And, over the years, I had come to believe that this was a painting of some of the buildings in the ghost town of Hanover, NM.   Madrid or Hanover NM? You see, I have never been to the New Mexico town of …

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Kneeling Nun Mountain by John Stermer

Kneeling Nun Mountain – A Favorite Subject

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Nov 17, 2019

Introducing a Favorite Subject I would like to share with you three versions of one of John Stermer’s favorite subjects: the Kneeling Nun Mountain of Grant County, NM. Background. To explain, the artist (Dad) and his family moved to Grant County, NM in December 1959.  He lived in this southwest corner of New Mexico for the remainder of his life. Kneeling Nun Mountain Landmark. One of the county’s landmarks is Kneeling Nun Mountain.  The mountain overlooks an open pit copper mine operated by Kennecott Chino …

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Goats: Detail of painting by artist John Stermer

Goats: Father & Daughter Drawings & Paintings

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | May 8, 2019

Hi! This is daughter Peggy (Margaret Stermer-Cox) writing.   Recently, my youngest sister Dorothy sent me some images of artwork by my Dad, artist John Stermer.  And, the drawings and painting included goats.   So, on the John Stermer Fine Art Facebook page, I shared some of the goats.  They are so much fun to look at.   Upon seeing the painting and drawing, one of my friends thought it would be fun to see what I might do with goats. Lo and behold, I …

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Drawing Class: Then and Now

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Apr 11, 2019

Taking a drawing class reminds me of the time I took a drawing workshop from John Stermer (Dad).  It was interesting to me that the basic structure of the class of the class was the same. Drawing Class, Late 1970s. Hi!  This is John Stermer’s daughter Peggy at the keyboard.  I’ve been remembering back to the days when I took a drawing class from my dad.  As I recall, it was back in the late 70s and Dad was giving a drawing workshop.  I was …

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Abstract Painting In Primaries; It’s Personal

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Mar 30, 2019

Greetings! This is John Stermer daughter Peggy and I would like to share with you an unusual John Stermer painting.  He rarely did non-representational abstract paintings.  But, there are a few and this is one. I remember when Dad was working on this painting, though I don’t recall his intentions.  Instead, I remember discussions about Japanese art; Piet Mondrian‘s paintings; Minimalism; Abstraction; and jazz music.  We also talked about color, such as primary colors red, yellow and blue.  Mentioning these subjects makes me think that …

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Happy Holidays!

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Dec 24, 2018

Greetings!   On behalf of the John Stermer Family and Estate, we would like to send you all our warmest wishes!  We hope that you have a happy holiday, complete with the type of festivities that bring you happiness. My Dad, the artist John Stermer, used to love to draw and paint out at Ft. Bayard, NM.  One of his favorite subjects was the Kneeling Nun Mountain as seen from the Ft. Bayard golf course.  He also loved the piñon pines and junipers.  So, I …

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Dominance: Father & Son

Dominance in Composition: Father & Son Conversation

By Peggy Stermer-Cox | Nov 7, 2018

Dominance in composition: the area with the most emphasis.   Greetings!  I’d like to tell you a story about the artist John Stermer; his son, also John Stermer; rock and roll music; and, the composition principle of dominance!   Story Time & Art Design Lesson. The other day I was reminded of one of my earliest lessons on composition from my father, visual artist John Stermer.  And, the visual art lesson came though another art form: music. Brother:  1960s Rock & Roll Music. Let me …

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