A good idea works at any scale or size
The design for the largest ship in the world begins as a sketch.
If the design is sound, that can be translated into any material and at any size.
The design is a physical reflection of an idea. If the idea is good, if the sketch is good, if the design is good, it translates.
if the idea isn't solid, the ships.
A good idea is everything.
It's the message, not the messenger
With 35 years experience in the communications field – analog and digital – I believe it all comes down to strong ideas.
Having spent years as a newspaper artist, science museum illustrator, copywriter, feature writer, creative director and designer of 2D and 3D space, I have seen the same problem in communications again and again: we forget that the message is paramount and often gets lost in the delivery vehicle.
Maybe the message was lost after trying to fit it around that new app with the sparkly stuff, or maybe the project dragged along for months and the message was forgotten. It happens.
My whole approach is based on keeping the message, the idea, in mind. Get it out there. By any means. By all means.
My personal artwork has been exhibited in such sites as Art Aqua Miami, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, the Granite Room in Atlanta, Texas Tech University and the National Watercolor Society. His illustration work has been presented at venues such as Museum Victoria in Melborne, Australia; The Minolta Planetarium, Toyokawa, Japan; The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg and Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.
His artwork has been featured in International Artist magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Georgia Trend. Jim was a Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine for several years.
Jim has taught art and design at Brenau University, University of North Georgia, and at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he earned an MFA in Studio Art. He has also taught painting for the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.
In 2016, Jim was one of a dozen national educators selected to attend the STEAM Workshop at the Yellowstone Institute in Gardiner, Montana. In 2017, he painted, by invitation, on Georgia's Ossabaw Island with the Ossabaw Island Art Group. In 2019, Jim taught Urban Sketching at the Kulture Schopkaufer in Berlin, and led sketching sessions on the streets of Berlin.
An avid adventurer, Jim enjoys motorcycling (2009 Softail Heritage) kayaking, guitars, travel and experiencing new cultures and foods. He resides in the foothills of North Georgia.