A watercolorist and etcher, John Theiss was born in Zelienople, Pennsylvania on September 20, 1863.
Theiss received a degree from Concordia College in Fort Wayne, IN in
1882 and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in St Louis in
1886. He was a Lutheran minister in Madisonville, OH (1886-89),
Portland, OR (1889-93), and Santa Rosa, CA (1894-1904).
Theiss began painting in 1901 and remained a self-taught artist except
for ten lessons with Lorenzo Latimer and criticism from Antony
Anderson. He painted landscapes of the Sonoma Hills and Yosemite
until 1904 when he moved to Los Angeles into a studio-home at 1308 E.
Active in southern California until the mid-1920s, he
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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