John Brandon Sills

Award-Winning Plein Air Painter



16 x 19


Calm Day

Pen and Ink Wash

15 x 11


The Old Shed

Graphite and Chalk

11 x 14



Oil 16 x 20

Eastport Drawbridge

Oil 11 x 14

John Brandon Sills Biography

John Brandon Sills is a Baltimore artist. A Fine Arts graduate of Towson State University, he has been painting for over 20 years. Combining a semester abroad studying art in Florence, Italy and another five years of fine art studies at the Schuler School of Fine Arts, he has had the finest in classical art training.

John Sills still lifes are stylistically inspired by the Old Masters. His primary goal is to capture the qualities of light and atmosphere. The method used to achieve those light qualities is careful observation of the details and attention to the discipline of meticulously applying his paint in thin layers, a glazing technique.Also a landscape painter, John's favorite places to paint are the"intimate places in nature, corners of pastures, bends in streams; places that invite the viewer to a close personal relationship with nature. When I'm painting, I am trying to portray on canvas the emotional sensations I feel about this wonderful land. I cannot separate my personal philosophy and love of nature from a strong spiritual awareness and desire to care for and preserve this land."

John Sills is currently teaching drawing and landscape painting as well as participating in numerous art exhibitions each year. He has won numerous awards including the Artist Magazine still life competition and 1st place in oil painting at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation show, to name a few. His work has toured nationally in the "Baltimore Realist Show." His paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Canada: Alex Brown & Sons, Inc., Bank of America, DuPont Corporation and Crestar Bank.

Morning Mist

Oil 12 x 16

Rose Red

Oil 11 x 14

Winter Field

Oil 11 x 14

Easport Drawbridge

Walnut Ink

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Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Sunday 12:00 - 5:30, Thursday til 9:00pm