Painting in watercolor since 1977, Jim involves himself in regional professional one-man and group shows as well as juried competitions. He has exhibited with the Northwest Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society and the Eastern Washington Watercolor Society, among others. Jim's work was featured as Washington State's Representative for "Art of the 50 States", an international traveling show exhibited in the U.S. Pavilion in Berlin, Germany under the auspices of the American Consulate General. His watercolors are in many private and corporate collections in America and Europe. Selected galleries in north central Washington state feature Jim's paintings. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors. Among those include the Bach Feste's Chelan, Washington Purchase Award and Peoples Choice Award, the Montana Watercolor Society's Annual National Juried Exhibition Purchase Award, the Eastern Washington Watercolor Society's Annual Juried Show Merchandise Award and First Place Watercolor Award, Allied Arts Juried Exhibition, Wenatchee, Washington.
Communicating nature's extraordinary fleeting moments of ethereal light, color, form and mood in watercolor is Jim's ultimate artistic endeavor. Jim says, "I like to celebrate light in my paintings while striving for simplicity, balance and harmony." His results speak a truth to the viewer leading one to a memory, emotion, or perhaps a reminder of one's spiritual connection to nature and it's relationship to greater realms.
Formal education in the arts was obtained at Oregon College of Art, Ashland, Oregon where he received an Associate of Arts Degree in commercial and fine art in 1974.
Jim grew up on the southern Oregon coast where he was born in 1954. He has resided in the Okanogan highlands of Washington state since 1988 and paints in his solar powered studio/home.
About the Paintings:
All works are original and matted in a double mat of white and antique white and framed in a high quality rounded profile neutral beige or white metal frame. All watercolors are glazed with ultraviolet light filtering Tru-Vue Conservation Glass to protect the artwork from light deterioration. Professional and museum grade conservation materials used throughout. All pigments used conform to the American Society for Testing Materials' (ASTM) and/or manufacturer's light-fastness ratings Category I (excellent) or II (very good). The artist assumes no responsibility for the customer's personal preferences concerning matting or framing choices. After purchase the customer will bear the cost and responsibility for re-matting or re-framing the artwork to suit his tastes if he so chooses. The artist's intentional selection of mat and frame assures minimal detraction from the image as done in a museum setting and will most likely fit in with a majority of decors.