John Schmidtberger



John Schmidtberger is an artist (painter) from Upper Black Eddy, PA. His primary focus is plein air painting in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, and midcoast Maine. John paints from direct observation, without the use of photographs, with little or no retouching. His paintings are modern, poetic, have a strong sense of light, expressive brushwork, and a vivid palette.

John grew up in Hackettstown, NJ and attended Phillips Exeter Academy on a scholarship. At the University of Pennsylvania, he studied painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking with Neil Welliver (1929-2005), Robert Engman, Hitoshi Nakazato (1936-2010) earning a BFA in 1984 and an MFA in 1987.

John’s paintings have been exhibited at the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA; the Prince Street Gallery, NY; Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NY; Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME; Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME; The Quiet Life Gallery, Lambertville, NJ and many others.

John’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, and has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. His work is represented in important private collections such as Richard Goode, classical pianist; Kate White, author and editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan; Mary Lou Quinlan, author of The God Box; Mark Rosenthal, screenwriter; William Tally, academy-award-winning screenwriter; and Charles Cawley, former CEO, MBNA Corp.