John Paul Strain

JOHN PAUL STRAIN AMERICAN HISTORICAL ARTWORK
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John Paul Strain 

For over 30 years American artist John Paul Strain has been amazing art collectors with his unique talent of capturing moments in time from the early days of the American Frontier, the glory and pageantry of the American Civil War, to contemporary scenic and romantic locations across the world. 

From the early age of 21, Mr. Strain's paintings were represented by Trailside Galleries, America's most prestigious western art gallery. For 15 years his beautiful landscapes, wild life paintings, and depictions of Indian life were represented by most every major western art gallery and top art auctions in the United States.

In 1991 Mr. Strain broadened his subjects to include historical art of the American Civil War. During the next 17 years Mr. Strain focused his work on the world of daring horseback raids and epic battles with great armies and leaders, capturing and preserving a unique era in history. Over a period of years, Mr. Strain became known as America's leading historical artist, with over 50 magazine covers featuring his paintings. His work is featured in books, movies, and film. Strain's paintings have helped to raise funds for many historical restoration projects and battlefield preservation organizations. The National Park Service uses his images in their publications and at battlefield sites. A number of historical private institutions have on site displays featuring his work such as General JEB Stuart's home and estate, and General Jubal Early's boyhood home.


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Alabama Corps of Cadets Call to Battle
Alabama Corps of Cadets Call to Battle
Apples for Ashby
Apples for Ashby
Brice's Crossroads
Brice's Crossroads
The Bridge at Romney
Bridge at Romney
Burnside's Bridge
Burnside's Bridge
Cavalier of the Sea
Cavalier of the Sea
The Christmas Gift
The Christmas Gift
Defenders of the Valley
Defenders of the Valley
Escape from Fort Donelson
Escape from Fort Donelson
General Forrest at Carnton
General Forrest at Carnton
General Lee is Near!
General Lee is Near!
Headquarters, Gettysburg
Headquarters, Gettysburg
Kings of Kernstown
Kings of Kernstown
Meeting at Grace Church
Meeting at Grace Church
The Parting
The Parting
Saving the Edinburg Mill
Saving the Edinburg Mill
Shenandoah Crossing
Shenandoah Crossing
Stuart's Christmas Raid
Stuart's Christmas Raid
Sunday in Winchester
Sunday in Winchester
Sunrise Strategy
Sunrise Strategy
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Mr. Strain and his paintings were also featured on the television shows of C-Span's Washington Journal, The History Channel, and Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Throughout his career he has won many awards for his art. Reproductions of his work have won numerous 1st place awards and "Best of Show" honors, such as the PICA Awards, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, and at the PIAG Awards in Georgia. Strain is also a featured artist for internationally known collector art companies the Bradford Exchange and the Franklin Mint for which he has created a Civil War Chess Set, several limited edition plate series, sculptures, and many other collectable items featuring his paintings. Mr. Strain has also completed a number of commissioned works for the United States Army, which are on permanent display at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and the battlefield visitor's center at Normandy, France. Today, Mr. Strain's original paintings can be found in many noted museums such as the Museum of Fredericksburg, and at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. 


John Paul Strain with his wife Nancy


John Paul Strain on far left with friends in Kentucky

On a number of weekends during the year Mr. Strain can be found commanding troops on the battlefield, as the Captain of the 7th Texas Cavalry re-enacting unit from North Texas.