Jim studied painting, design, and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Through additional workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a bold representational painting style that balances the impressionists influence with contemporary subject matter. His expressive application of paint, married with a keen eye for captivating scenes, charms the viewer and truly makes his work unique. Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. The pairing of painting and frame make Jim’s work instantly recognizable and distinctive.
Jim’s paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the US and overseas. He shows his work in venues across the Northeast, and enjoys participating in competitive painting events.
Jim began painting as a teenager and was fortunate to receive basic instruction from noted marine painters Carl G. Evers, and Christopher Blossom. He went on to study painting, design, and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Through additional workshops and self-study, Jim cultivated a unique and recognizable painting style, well suited to portraying the classic landscapes he is noted for.
Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. A brief write-up of Jim’s approach to painting and framing was featured in Plein-Air magazines’ Dec-Jan 2018 issue.
Outdoor painting is a passion for Jim, and his best work is done leaning into the shade of an old barn, or working trailside on an ocean overlook. He enjoys participating in competitive plein air painting events whenever possible. His impressionist style paintings are in numerous private collections, and he exhibits in galleries throughout the Northeast.
Recent awards and acknowledgements:
2022 – First Place: Hudson Valley Plein Air festival, Montgomery, New York
2022 – Second place: Lyme Art Association Elected Artists exhibit, Old Lyme, Connecticut
2022 – Third Place: Adirondacks Plein Air Competition, Saranac-Lake, New York
2021 – First place: Perkins Cove Plein Air event, Ogunquit, Maine
2021 – Alden Bryan memorial Award: Hudson Valley Art Association Annual exhibit
2020 – First place: Hudson Valley Plein Air festival, Montgomery, New York
Jim lives in Litchfield, Connecticut with his wife, son, and their yellow lab “Paisley”. When he is not working en-plein-air, he works out of a home studio.
Oil Painting is something I’ve done since I was in my early teens. I enjoy the impressionists foremost, and over decades of painting, my style and chosen subject matter reflects that. Framing has always been a passion for me as well. Although framing is a more mechanical endeavor, I employ reclaimed material
which requires a less precise, more creative approach to construction. My heavy brushwork and thick paint application requires a less delicate frame, and after years of altering building methods and materials, I think the pairing works. I consider my paintings, in my frames, to be my unique “Product”, and I find collectors of my work relate to that.