John Ross Palmer”s


The John Palmer Art Gallery and Studio is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment. Please call 713-861-6726 or text 281-224-0968 to set an appointment if you would like to meet with Houston’s Artist John Ross Palmer.

In January of 2011, Houston Artist John Ross Palmer launched the largest commission project in his career, Faces.  After the wild success of 2010’s Pet Portrait and Book Project, Jane & Co., the Faces project honored people’s loved ones, children, ancestors and soul mates in an amazing and unique Palmer Portrait.  Palmer, traditionally known for being an abstract painter, added his special twist to a portrait by combining the image from a photograph with an inspired use of color and texture.

Project History

In 2010, Houston’s John Ross Palmer completed his historic Jane & Co. Pet Portrait and Book Project.  While so many animal-loving art collectors made that endeavor an incredible success, others were hungry to honor not only their four-legged friends but also their human companions in amazing artwork!  Following that sentiment, Palmer chose to expand his artistic and realistic skills by launching a project that focused on humankind rather than the animal kingdom.

In September of 2010, Artist John Ross Palmer looked to his collectors to name his upcoming 2011 commission project.  By written ballot out of a choice of five possibilities (The Countenance Project, Daniel & Friends, Faces, Immortals and The Bob Crump Project), collectors voiced their opinion for the “best and most appropriate” title for the new series.  In a landslide victory, Faces was the clear winner.

Out of all of the ballots that voted for Faces, one was randomly selected in a blindfolded drawing to kick-off the special Portrait and Book Project.  Collector Leslie Gorman’s ballot was picked–and, by winning, she was awarded a 24″ x 24″ Palmer portrait on wood.  With her portrait, Gorman selected a photograph of her beloved parents on their 50th Wedding Anniversary (please see below).  The piece was unveiled to Leslie and her mother Ginny at Palmer’s Houston Heights Art Gallery & Studio on November 13, 2010 to a tear-filled group of collectors, family and friends.

The Process

After signing up for Faces, the collector received one-of-a-kind and first-class customer service plus art extravaganza.  First off, the collector supplied their favorite photograph of their honored individual, couple or family to the Houston Artist.  Next, Palmer created a sketch based on the photograph.  There was a one-time review/critique of the sketch before John Ross Palmer then moved on to creating the Portrait masterpiece.  After collaborating with the collector, Palmer used his master skills to bring the honored individual(s) to life on the panel or canvas.  After one final review opportunity, Palmer placed the finishing touches on the painting that will remain a family treasure for generations.

Mr. Robert L. Crump, Sr. Photograph

Mr. Robert L. Crump Sketch


Mr. Robert L. Crump, Sr.

Ginny & Bill Gorman

Dr. James B. Robinett, Jr.

Todd & Tristen



The Book

John Ross Palmer’s wildly successful Faces project was completed in 2011. You can click now to buy a softcover book that documents all of John Ross Palmer’s masterful portrait artwork from Faces.

If you would like to make inquiry or commission a John Ross Palmer Portrait, please contact the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com!

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