San Anselmo, CA
My understanding of what I do is evolving. For me painting is about light and shadows, contrasts, reflections, perspective, and mood. I look for a moment in time somewhere on the street or sidewalk, in a building, or on the highway.
Jim never drew or painted until three years ago, 2014. Twelve years of Catholic school was filled with reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, but no art, other than coloring books and "stay between the lines, young man."
Jim is constantly inspired by and learns from other artists. He has been most affected by the works of Monet, Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Hopper, Register, and Diebenkorn.
Jim will always be grateful to Jack Scott for his encouragement, generosity, and emphasis on looking, looking again, and looking still more until you finally see.
Five of Jim's paintings were accepted in the 2016 Marin County Fair. "Cadillac" won the 2016 Fair Theme Award: "What A Ride It's Been. 75 Years of the Marin County Fair." Three other paintings received Honorable Mentions.
Jim was born in Arkansas to parents married in San Francisco after WWII. His childhood in the South greatly affected his worldview. A cross burning across the street from his home altered his life in profound and lasting ways.
Jim's past lives include work as a ranch hand in Montana; as an ecologist (on live rabid animals, on mosquito predators in Arkansas rice fields, on pine trees in East Texas) and as a necropsy assistant; his research on invasive species was awarded a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant. After beginning a PhD at UC Berkeley, it was discovered that a UC Berkeley prof was embezzling from Jim's grant. The Feds were not happy. Jim made a major life change and earned his teaching credential from UC Berkeley. He was a teacher for thirteen years in the Bay Area. He is in his fourth reinvention, as a painter, a true vocation that fits him better than anything he's ever done. He has a BS in biology and an MS in insect ecology. Jim lives in San Anselmo with his wife, Jean Olive-Lammers, and, when home from college, his stepson, Adam Beeler-Lammers.
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