“Hillside Wildflowers” Santa Barbara, Calif. – circa 1920’s
Signed by artist lower right -Titled on verso
John Marshall Gamble, (1863-1957)
Oil on Canvas/Board
11.125″ x 14.125″



John Gamble was from a family where the father worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and when John was a teenager he moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand. At age 20 he moved to San Francisco and began art training at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen. After further training in Paris at Academie Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin-Constant, he returned to San Francisco and opened a studio.

When his studio and most of the city went up in flames in 1906, he relocated to Santa Barbara and remained there for the rest of his life. Gamble did no commercial art work and earned his living throughout his career from the sale of his paintings. For 25 years he served as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review.

Nationally known for his landscapes, his paintings often include poppies, lupine, and other wild flowers against the greens and purples of the California hills.

San Francisco Art Association
Santa Barbara Art Association
American Federation of Arts
Foundation of Western Artists

California Midwinter International Expo, 1894
Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898, 1906
Alaska-Yukon Expo, Seattle, 1909 (gold medal)
San Francisco Art Association, 1916
Stendahl Galleries, LA, 1938
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

California Historical Society
Oakland Museum
Crocker Museum, Sacramento
Shasta State Park
Museum of Art, Auckland, New Zealand
Fox Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara (murals)

(Source: Hughes, Edan Milton, “Artists in California: 1786-1940,” San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989.)