Jim McVicker

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Jim McVicker

United States

At the age of 21, upon seeing nineteenth century French landscape paintiongs, I had an awaking to art. The beauty and sensitivity i saw in those works changed my perception of and my place in the world.

I began studing art history, painted copies of French Impressionist landscapes and enrolled in life drawinfg and painting classes at  Chaffey Community College. By 1975, at the age of 24 I decided to become a full time painter.

I left southern California and moved to the northern part of the state and settled in the coastal community of Eureka California. I was drawn there by the diverse natural beauty, the art community and the chance to live a quieter more rual life.

I met and worked with several very accomplished painters, painting the landscape everyday on location, or painted in the studio directly from the still life set up or model. I learned from direct observation of nature, by looking at and studying the great artists from the past, continued life drawing and working alongside artist more developed thanb myself.

In 1984 I met my wife and fellow artist, Theresa Oats. We live a wonderful quoiet life in a small rural town just south of Eureka. We have studios on our property and I continue to paint daily, following my passion for painting the life around me, trying to capture the light, atmosphere, space and the mysterious beauty all around us.

* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 15th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.