Craftours Lifestyles Magazine December 2018 - Page 36

canvas), research and development, production, marketing, sales, shipping, bookkeeping, customer service, taxes, travel arrangements, and a whole host of other things.” Jim credits his keen eye for observation, as well as the advice, instruction and encouragement of some of the best-known oil painters, for helping him grow as an artist. The 12-15 art shows Jim participates in each year have also presented him with great classrooms. “You learn along the way from other artists and patrons. I pick up tips, from better display of my works to the hottest new show.” Shows gained him visibility to collectors, many of whom follow the first painting purchase with more. Water Cooler Talk Looking back over his career, Jim says he’s pleased at how his art has evolved. He’d tried many types of subject matter before settling into his artistic groove. His philosophy of art is simple: capture the beauty of his subject, and capture the subject honestly. “It’s been said that our job as artists is to reveal the beauty of the created world to those who don’t have the luxury of studying it every day … to share shapes, lights and darks, color and design that come from an emotional level. “ Despite some struggles, he’d not change a thing. “It is an absolute privilege to be able to paint full-time. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve gone, the actors and models I’ve worked with, and the freedom I’ve had are true blessings. Blue River Jim’s award-winning work has been featured in numerous national and regional publications including USA Today, Florida Today, Art Calendar magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Bridle and Bit, Rodeo Attitude, and Derby Now magazine. His work has been exhibited in many national shows and galleries throughout the West and Midwest. His paintings are in the permanent collection of The Coutts Memorial Art Museum in El Dorado, Kansas, and have been featured on television.