JOHN PHILLIP OSBORNE
Oil on linen panel, 8" x 12"
The red building on Marlborough St., opened in 1673, is still the White Horse Tavern today and was a a meeting place for the Colony's General Assembly. Serving in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778, John Glover and his Marbleheaders became known as the "Amphibious Regiment" for their vital nautical skills. They played a crucial role in the war, ferrying Washington and his 2,400 men across the Delaware River in a blinding snowstorm in 1776.
Oil on panel, 8" x 12"
The many tidal coves in Portsmouth were conducive for shipbuilding. Here, "Ranger" was constructed for Capt. John Paul Jones to fight the British in 1777. It was also here that Jones' "America" was outfitted, the largest warship built in the nation at that time. The house Jones spent many happy hours in still stands, as does the Wentworth-Gardner House, a powerful family dynasty in colonial New Hampshire.
American, graduated cum laude from Pratt Institute in New York and studied painting with Alban Albert and Arthur Maynard who in turn were from the influence of Frank Vincent DuMond.
"Coming into my thirty-eighth year of painting and teaching, my point of view has not wavered and that is to recreate life on canvas. In doing so, there is a life long study of the infinite effects of light that nature has to offer. The light is always prismatic, no matter what time of day or weather condition. There is always just one light source, whether painting outdoors or indoors in a North-lit studio. I arrange the colors on my palette prismatically and strive to get the prism under control with the subtle atmospheric progression of colors and values.
Studying the masters, such as George Inness, John Constable, and the French Barbizon painters, I have been able to see what they have shared in common. Now when I go out and paint, I can see beyond the obvious. I am less interested in the fine details and look instead to convey the mood and overall feeling of the moment."