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John Maher

self portrait 1980

An award winning and internationally published artist, John began his career when he was 16. His work has been collected and published worldwide, including books, advertising, magazines, and CD covers. His most recent images are about mystical journeys into the natural landscape. The work includes images of gardens, seascapes and river scenes. John lives in Mosier, Oregon, located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. He lives with his wife Patricia and their two cats and loves flyfishing, road trips and a good book.

         self portrait 2007it 2004

  Artist's Statement

Growing up around the Pacific ocean, I spent many hours surfing, diving and exploring.  Later I took up fly fishing and spent a lot of time researching the rivers and streams of the West.  All this time was spent trying to get to know something about my place in the universe.

Water, food, air. These are three things we cannot live without.  My first major body of work was about the first substance-water. 

My more recent installation projects are about food, in particular, small family farms and sustainable agriculture. The newsletter section has more information about these projects.

John Maher

Born: 1950

University of California at San Diego, BA, Fine Art

Television                                2002    OPB Oregon Art Beat

                                                                 (award-winning television program)

Museum Shows        2004     Maryhill Art Museum , WA

                                     2007     Coos Art Museum , OR

Articles about John  

The Gorge Magazine

The Dalles Chronicle/Hood River News

Good Fruit Grower Magazine

Good Fruit Grower 2


" A Perfect Match"  see pdf below

                                   Oregon Magazine 1982 "Editors Page" see pdf below

Fine Art Resume - Shows and Publications

Published Work – Magazines


Oregon Magazine, Northwest Magazine, The Gorge Magazine Oregon Home, Premiere, Spy, New York Times and Parade.  Featured on OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat” television show - 2005

Published Work – Books (abreviated)

2009 - The Rajneesh Files, Winn McCormack

2004 - My Summer in Mallorca, G. Sands (Cover) Frankfurt Press

2002 - The Beach, G. Bosker, Chronicle Books San Francisco Ca

1995 - Oregon Coast, Mark Hoy/John Maher, American Geographic Publishing, Helena, MT

1987 - Rashneeshpuram, Winn McCormack, New Oregon Publishers, Portland, OR

1989 - Portfolio work included in Industrial Photography Annual,

1988 - Portfolio work included in Industrial Photography Annual,

1982 - Work included in book and exhibition  - One Average Day, Oregon Historical Society Publishing, Portland, Oregon

1980 -Work included in book and travelling exhibition Family of Children, Macmillan publishing, NY

Awards (fine art only - partial listing)

2003 - Corporate Award – The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles OR

1998 - Jury Award – Art Fest, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

1998 – Grand Prize – 2-d,  Art and the Vine, Spokane, WA

1997 – Jury Award – Photography, Art Fest, Cheney Coweles Museum, Spokane, WA

1988 – IABC First place, Photography Portfolios, Portland, OR

1978 – Grand Prize – Marriott’s Great America Photography Contest, San Francisco, CA

Exhibitions  (partial listing)

2013 - Participated in "Operation Dayshoot" for Oregon     Photojournalists Day

2012 - "Water Works" The Pines Gallery, Hood River OR

2011 - "Running Fruit Ladders" Three very large scale art installations in the Columbia River Gorge, OR

2010 - "Earth and Fire" with Ron Fenter, The Dalles Art Gallery

2009 - White Salmon, "Earth Speaks" show

2009 - Columbia Art Gallery, "Diptychs and Triptychs"

2008 -  Columbia Art Gallery  "Inspiration - 2008"

2007 -   River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR "Featured Artist"

2007 -  Gorge Artists Open Studios, Columbia River Gorge, OR

2007 -  Coos Art Museum , Coos Bay, Oregon

2006 -  Lake Oswego Art Festival. Lake Oswego, OR

2006 -  Marin Fine Art Festival, San Raphael, CA

2006 – Visual One Gallery, Ellensburg WA,                

2005 -  Maryhill Art Museum, Goldendale WA

2005 - “Techniques in Media”, group show,  Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA

2004 – “Bellevue Festival of the Arts” Bellevue, WA for the Bellevue Art Museum

2004 – “Portland Arts Festival” Portland, OR

2004 – “Bayou City Art Festival” Houston, TX

2004 – “Austin Fine Art Festival”  Austin, TX

2004 – “Scottsdale Fine Art Festival” Scottsdale, AZ

2003 – “Art In The Pearl” Portland, OR

2003 – “Breckenridge Fine Art Festival”, Breckenridge, CO

2003 – “Bellevue Arts and Crafts Festival, Bellevue, WA

2002 –  “Salem Art Festival” Salem ,OR

2002 –  “Sun Valley Art Festival. Sun Valley ID 

2002 –  “Snowmass Arts Festival” Snowmass Village, Aspen, CO

2000 -   Two person Show - Talisman Gallery, Portland, OR

1999 –  Solo show – Division Street Gallery, Portland, OR

1986 -   Buckley Gallery, University of Portland, OR

John also worked extensively as a commercial photographer from 1975-1995, completing assignments for national magazines, Fortune 500 corporations and advertising clients.




Hand painted black & white photographs by John R. Maher.

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