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 self taught and is the result of years of experimentation with media, mostly oil on canvas. I actually did my first acrylic painting at eleven years old ( I learned not to attempt portraiture).
My paintings have been used primarily by interior designers who found 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 Phoenix has inspired me to rediscover my roots in Representational Art, traditional landscapes et al. The remarkable beauty of the American Southwest demands my undivided attention for the time being.
James Brooks, May 2013