July 20 through August 12 Artists Reception July 27 from 5:30 to 8pm
Jim is a representational landscape painter whose style has been heavily influenced by American and French impressionist painters. He selectively employs an impasto technique (Paint in some areas of a canvas will be thinly applied, while other areas will receive a thick layer of textured paint). Jim is inspired by nature; the changing seasons, farmland vistas, the geography of Connecticut and surrounding states. Like most landscape painters, he has favored locations and strives to work on location there whenever possible (en Plein Air). Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. He uses reclaimed materials as a rule, and the design simplicity and coarse frame finish perfectly complement his unique painting style.
Background: Jim studied fine art at the University of Connecticut, and as a high school student was fortunate to receive some basic painting instruction from notable marine painters Carl G. Evers, and Christopher Blossom. Through select workshop attendance and continuous self-study, he has cultivated a painting style which allows significant room for expression, while maintaining a strong representational foundation. Professional Highlights: Jim has work displayed in private collections in the U.S., Britain, and most recently Germany. He has accumulated numerous painting awards, among them; 2015 – 2nd place award – Finger lakes Plein Air Competition (NY State) 2015 – 2nd place award – Seneca lake Plein Air Festival (NY State) 2014 – Richeson award – Salmagundi non-Members exhibit (NYC) 2012 – Wilmot award – Granby Land Trust Exhibit (Granby, CT) Jim is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and his work is displayed in galleries throughout the nutmeg state.