John Salminen’s Watercolor Paintings of Urban Landscapes

Jan 26, 2013 5 comments

John Salminen is one of America’s most highly recognized watercolorists. He is a prolific painter who paints six to ten hours a day in a basement studio when he's not out of town jurying exhibitions or teaching workshops. He captures his subjects – usually urban landscapes - with his camera and then paints them realistically with water color. Ranging from San Francisco to the Chicago Loop to Greenwich Village to rainy Paris to Shanghai, his subjects are consistently presented in dynamic compositions and his ability to set a mood with color, light and tone is unsurpassed.

John's work is included in many private and public collections, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, The Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Allied Artist and Watercolor West. In addition, he has been honored with Master Status in TWSA and inclusion in the American Watercolor Society’s Dolphin Fellowship, and he is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China. He has won more than 200 awards in both national and international exhibitions and frequently serves as a juror for national shows.


Washington Square 37"x33"


Golden Boy Pizza-San Francisco 29"x21"

Swatch 29"x21"

New Utrecht Avenue 39"x24.74"

Chicago River 23.25"x36"

© John T. Salminen 20090323


Times Square Umbrellas II 24.75"x24.25"





Zacky's 30.25"x24.5"


Paris Metro 20.25"x21.5"





  1. Absolutely stunning

  2. Absolutely fabulous and I look forward to many more. I am sharing onto my FB page.!!!

  3. His art really inspires me as an artist to strive for improvement in my work and the hours he puts into his work is to be commended.

  4. I have his DVD and have looked at it many times; he is one of the most inspiring artists I have ever seen in watercolor. To think he does so much with grays and makes the painting look so luminous. Good work.

    1. He is just fantastic and made my day looking at his paintings! I shall try to get a video of his work from the library.


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