Jim was born in Sydney in 1941. In early childhood he showed a natural talent for sketching, drawing and painting and this has been his continuing passion throughout his life. After leaving school, he served an Apprenticeship as a Letterpress and Flexographic Printer and using this technical background, moved into sales in the Printing Industry.
Jim studied with the late Bill Golding and Otto Kuster and found oils to be his chosen form of expression. He was drawn to the use of the palette knife to produce the textures he wanted to achieve and is a member of Southern Cross Art Group, Continuum Art Society and Oatley 101 Society of Artists.
Over the years, he has studied the landscape with its many varieties of colour and has developed his own distinctive painting style. Jim’s impressionistic, modern, traditional paintings encapsulate the colours of Australia and reflect his great love for the land, sea and waterways. He has been especially influenced by Arthur Streeton’s work.
He is particularly fond of our native gum trees in all their mystery and majesty and recreates the feelings he experiences amongst bushland settings, capturing on canvas the peace and contentment he enjoys.
Jim loves travelling and exploring this wonderful country in search of inspiration and new subjects to paint.
Jim’s work is featured in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas. He has held solo exhibitions, been featured artist and conducts master classes, workshops and demonstrations. Jim has also exhibited in international art exhibitions in Paris and New York.