Jim's great love of the outdoors and the mutable character of nature are what draw him to landscape painting. Jim grew up in the rural fringe of Johnson City, New York. His love of the out of doors was apparent from an early age, exploring nearby farms, creeks and countryside. Summers camping with his parents in the Catskills, where the spirit of the Hudson River School painters stirs, instilled a sense of place and history.

In the 50's, Jim's family moved to Rochester, Minnesota. Here his love for the outdoors and nature continued to grow exploring nearby limestone hills and farmlands. He spent countless hours there subsequently drawing, unearthing fossils and collecting insects.

Jim is currently a member and president of the Old Town Artist’s Cooperative in Saint Paul.

Aitkin WInners and JudgesWith a career as a Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director, Jim is currently principal of Henley Design, working with small businesses as well as fortune 500 companies. Clients include American Express, GMAC Financial Services, Maiden Holdings, Boatman Learning, Vantage Point Performance, and US Bank.

Jim has attended workshops with notable Plein Air painters; Reid Galey, Richard Abraham, Skip Whitcomb, Ron Rencher, Joe Paquet, Ralph Oberg, Mary Pettis, Stapleton Kearns and classes at The Atelier in Minneapolis. Jim currently lives in St Paul, Minnesota.

"What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose."

W. Cather