John Maxwell, Artist

John was born and raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated as an art major from Mastbaum Technical High School. Unable to find work as an artist, he decided to pursue a career in engineering.

After finishing high school, John enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served four years, one of them in Korea.

Upon his discharge from the military, he was employed as a draftsman at Moore Products (now Siemens) in Spring House, PA. It was in those early years at Moore Products that he met his wife-to-be. Shirley (Kilmer) of North Wales. They were married and soon thereafter moved into Lansdale.

Although working full time, John continued to hone his craft as an artist in his spare time. After a rewarding career at Moore Products, John became eligible for an early retirement offer which he accepted and he now works full time as an artist.

Some of his most popular works are those he has done and continues to do of Boathouse Row, which is situated along Kelly Drive in the Fairmount Park section of Philadelphia. His latest project is a series of Watercolors to compliment his Pen & Ink drawings of every boathouse on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

In addition, John specializes in house portraits and has received commissions from clients ranging from New England to Mexico.

His works have been on display in various shows and businesses throughout the Delaware Valley, including Sellersville’s Gallery in the Park, Lansdale’s Festival of the Arts, The Doylestown Art Festival, Chestnut Hill’s Festival of the Arts, and the Woodemere Art Museum.

John and his wife Shirley continue to reside in Lansdale PA. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

John is an avid sports enthusiast, and when he is not working in his studio, he can often be found at a college basketball game, on a tennis court, or on a golf course.


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