About me and my paintings
I have worked in the graphic arts and interior design fields since the late ’70s, when I studied architecture at University of Houston. My process is primarily the result of years of experimentation with wet media, mostly oil on canvas.
My paintings have been used primarily by interior designers who discovered me through referrals. I enjoy painting landscapes, still life and abstracts. The constant theme in all my work is exploration of spacial relationships and of light and shadow. I work primarily in the studio from drawings and photographs, using artist quality oils, palette knives and bristle brushes.
My recent move to the Sonoran Desert near Tucson has caused me to rediscover my roots in traditional landscapes. I also rely on the light,color and the remarkable beauty of the American Southwest to inspire my abstract expressionist work.
James Brooks, May 2013