Jim’s primary goal in painting is to transform actual places into “romantic settings.” When he travels, he sees possible paintings in almost everything. Paintings are often started on location to aid in capturing a specific mood. Paintings of lighthouses, country barns, and cityscapes are either developed from initial drawings and “first washes” done on location, and/or from multiple photographs.
As an artist, he’s explored several medias including oil painting, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, ceramics, and graphite as well as pen and ink studies. He currently works in transparent watercolor, and still creates a few oil paintings.
Jim has been a U.S. Coast Guard Artist since 2001, with three paintings accepted into the Coast Guard’s permanent collection. Two of his paintings were in a three-month exhibit in the Pentagon.