John F. Thamm


John F. Thamm Click on these YouTube links to watch John create a painting from beginning to end.Babooshka John F. Thamm lives in Spokane, Washington and has been an accomplished portrait and landscape painter for many years. He teaches painting workshops in the United States and Europe with Farbi Flora in Berlin, Germany. Born in Wendell Idaho, Thamm studied art with Herman Keys in Spokane and went on to receive his undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Idaho. John’s work is in private collections throughout the United States and the Wolfson Museum in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1978 John became friends with Bob Ross when he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. John was an art instructor with the Community Colleges of Spokane. They would paint together in John’s studio in Peaceful Valley. Bob and John remained good friends until his death in 1995. His recent book, published in June 2010 “ Vets: Fifty Portraits of Veterans and Their Stories” features area servicemen and women from every branch of the armed forces who fought in wars from World War II-Iraq. John set up an easel in the lobby of the Spokane Veterans Medical Center and painted the veteran’s portraits and recorded their stories. The show of the paintings was featured at the Spokane Veterans Hospital and part of the collection is presently at the new Behavioral Health wing of the VA. View a video of the project on KSPS’ Northwest Profiles series and the “Vets” Project Blog - John has been a courtroom sketch artist for TV and newspaper media including CNN, ABC, Associated Press, KREM, KXLY and the Spokesman Review. Notable trials he has covered were Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidian-Waco Trial, and the Aryan Nations Trial in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. John’s portrait of Gerry Spence is in the attorney’s private art collection. John’s scenic subject matter comes from his favorite places: the St Joe River Valley in North Idaho, Peaceful Valley in Spokane, Washington, Bisbee, Arizona, Gut Burig near Berlin, Germany and numerous cities in the Netherlands and Germany. J. F. Thamm Studios, 1625 W Water Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 (509)868-7434 John teaches Portrait classes in Germany. To sign up and find out more about the classes click on or visit their Facebook at Farbi Flora.View a video of John completing the last painting for his book-VETS and see the opening reception of the show at the Spokane VA Medical Center.

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