Jim lives in McKinney, Texas and has two art studios, one in McKinney and the other in Fredericksburg, Texas. As a youth he loved drawing and painting, but his love for sports became a priority and he had a successful career in football at Waco High School and TCU in Fort Worth. It was not until 1987, on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico that painting became a most important part of his life. That is when he met artist Dale Amburn and several other well known artists who painted there and in the Taos area. "I fell in love with painting and creating images of beauty with oil paints on canvas".
Jim has been creating art for galleries and private collectors since 1987 and is an active member of the Oil Painter of America. He is an impressionistic painter using the impasto technique with strong brush strokes and rich harmonious color to capture the textures and quality of light in his paintings. "If I paint a scene, it is because I want to go there". He paints in his studios but still works from studies done on location. "It's challenging when you're dealing with the real world of nature and its colors, its moods, and its drama".
"Painting is like a journey, always discovering something new and exciting. I want always to push myself as far as I can go as a professional artist"."