Above: “An Early Run”
“As an artist, I love being outdoors and painting the rural American landscape. I seek subjects that have something to say; old houses, farms, fields and of course the blue-gray skies and the snows of winter. I strive to see beyond the obvious and paint the poignant side of a subject.”
Originally from Bucks County Pennsylvania, Jim Jackson’s work reflects the tradition of the talented artists that made New Hope Pennsylvania a famous art colony. As a lifelong professional artist, he has been fortunate to have the beautiful Delaware Valley landscape and his travels up through New York and New England to inspire much of his work. In these settings, Jim captures the rich texture, color and atmospheric quality of the picturesque rolling hills, farms, and tiny hamlets that contoured these areas.
“As a child my parents took me to many Impressionists exhibitions throughout the New Hope area. The paintings I saw and later the works of Homer and Wyeth were about subjects I knew and loved. Later, my own experiences of exploring the countryside, pursuing game in woodlots, fields, creek bottoms and across the frozen corn stubble of winter, all became the centerpoint of my work. I knew early on that I wanted to somehow incorporate those emotional attachments into my own paintings.”
Jim still draws upon those early influences in the way he looks at life, the subjects he chooses, and the style in which he paints. He is bound by the pureness of nature, the plays of color and light, and the sometimes human stories that his subjects tell. His work is an amalgamation of suggested realism upon an impressionistic field in which he strives to express the evocative subtleties of the subject’s spirit, rather than simply recording its image.
Jim’s paintings are found in many fine collections. Several are owned by a Board Trustee of the prestigious Brandywine River Art Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. His art work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine as well as sporting publications such as Sports Afield, Fur-Fish-Game, and Hunting Dog magazine. He is also a member of Trout Unlimited.