Hello, I’m Jim. Based in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, I capture vibrant, unique scenes that tell the story of life's moments exploring nature in plein air original oil paintings.
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I believe everyone is an artist, and everyone a beautiful color. Paint upon the souls of men and women with the wonderful love of God inside you!
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Sunny Side of Freedom
24 X 48 Oil Original Plein Air @ Cumming, Georgia
MY HEART BEGAN RACING, THE MOMENT I ARRIVED
What a pleasure it was to be out on a spring morning in the presence of such a beautiful scene. From the moment I stepped outside of my vehicle, my heart began racing. I had been wanting to stop here for quite some time- and, although it is really beautiful just driving by, it's a whole different experience up close and personal. The light breaking through the trees on this partly cloudy morning, set the fields ablaze yellow. Though they were yellow already, the light shining through brought blaze passion to the scene. A gentle breeze, the flowing of the tall grasses and hint of sweet aroma from the flowers, made this the perfect place this morning. Most of all, I enjoyed meeting some passers by who were kind enough to say 'hello' and share encouraging words as I worked my way through what turned out to be a more difficult scene than I expected. This painting was done in oil on a 24x48 canvas with brush and palette knife. I MUST paint this scene again : )
Special thanks to Carl, Rajan, Chris and a few nameless others who crossed paths with me today and shared a couple of moments and appreciation for the great FREEDOMs we enjoy in this country. Blessings, peace, love and joy into your lives! ____
2022 Dec - Update on this scene: This painting just became more valuable to me as the location of this historic grove of pecan trees, the Mashburn fields was bulldozed and a new neighborhood is now being built. Had I passed by on that day that I painted here, without stopping to take it all in, I would have lost my very last chance to do so. I say LIVE by your spirit and your heart that calls out to you in the moment, for everything is always changing and you may not pass this way again.
24 X 36 Oil Original Plein Air @ Lake Lanier, Georgia
This painting was painted almost exclusively with palette knife in late October 2021. At the time I've posted this, this painting is still drying, it's that fresh.
New plein air oil painted at Lake Lanier, Georgia, Fall 2021
In recent times as it seems we are living in a world turned upside down. From crazy politics to out of control pandemics, and a frenzy of everything irrational- it's brilliantly healing to get lost in nature for a day with brush and oils in hand, a blank canvas- to open up your soul and let God's amazing creation paint its inspiration upon you.
Thank you for visiting- I pray the blessings of Heaven upon you!