"Before The Expressway" San Antonio, Tx.

  • Biography

    John Bob Payne (1883 - 1962)

    John Bob Payne - Texas artist. I found a painting of his from 1923 at a thrift store in Seattle. I deal in Northwest and California art. But this painting is far better than any Plein Air paintings I have seen come up for auction in years. It is one of the best paintings I've ever come across.

    After doing a little research I found a bio on him. He is a Texas artist, and on several of the Texas artists wants list. 

    John Bob Payne (1883-1962). Payne was born in Collierville, Tennessee and moved to San Antonio in 1891. He was inspired to paint by his friends who were Julian Onderdonk, J. Frank Davis and Tex O'Reilly.

    Payne began his art career in the teens. He was listed in the 1913 San Antonio City Directory as an artist.  His paintings included mostly Hill Country landscapes, missions, and scenes of ole San Antonio and Mexico.

    He was the President of the Coppini Academy in the 1950's and he frequently exhibited his works there with other artists such as Rolla Taylor, Clara Caffrey Pancoast, Margaret Tupper and others.