Jim has been creating art for galleries and private collectors since 1987 and is an active member of the Oil Painters of America and Artists of Texas. He lives in McKinney and exhibits in McKinney, Dallas and Fredericksburg, Texas. It was on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that he first fell in love with painting. There he met artist Dale Amburn and several other well-known artists who painted there and in the Taos area.
Jim paints in his studios but enjoys working from studies done on location. “If I paint a scene, it is because I want to go there. It’s challenging when you’re dealing with the real world of nature and its colors, its moods, and its drama. Painting is like a journey– always discovering something new and exciting. I want always to push myself as far as I can go as a professional artist.”
Roses is an example of Jim’s use of impasto technique in his impressionistic paintings. The thick paint is applied with strong brush strokes and rich, harmonious color to capture the textures and quality of light in his paintings.