Artist Jim Wodark
The Artist Says:
I paint to express myself. I feel compelled to share the inspiration that I feel when I see a beautiful scene- to be inspired and inspire in return. I want to translate the beauty around me- a fleeting moment- into something permanent and timeless that brings those same feelings to life for each viewer.
" His eye is the window to his soul and with that light he then moves his painting hand to respond to the beat in his heart and all is well on the canvas again." -Kirsti
Other Artists Say:
You were correct in all you said about Jim Wodark. Three years ago I had the privilege of meeting him accidentally in a local frame store. A week earlier I had noticed a tall artist with a hat, packing up his gear, leaving the Montage, where a friend and I were painting the ocean scene. Jim looked like he knew what he was doing-we didn't! At the frame store, I asked him if that was him at the Montage, (I didn't know who he was then). It was him and he was surprised I recognized him from a distance. He was conducting a 3-day workshop, gave me his card and info, but I couldn't attend his workshop. He later set up a 4-hour personal lesson with me at Balboa Island. I watched, listened, took notes and photos of him painting some boats. He was so polite with all the people walking by, interrupting his painting (and my lesson!) in a very public spot. I not only learned lessons in plein air, but also a lesson in kindness and patience. We left for chicken tacos at noon and after eating, Jim reviewed the morning class and wrote lesson notes in my art journal. I treasure them and refer to them many times. I knew that day Jim was one of the best artists' (and nice guy) I would ever meet and that one day he would be well known for his wonderful plein air paintings. Many thanks and success to Jim.
Jim Wodark is an award winning plein air artist who was born and raised in Colorado. Throughout childhood, his parents, both artistic in their own right, were incredibly encouraging of his creativity, but drew the line (so to speak) when he filled his 2nd grade teacher's shoes with paint. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from University of Northern Colorado and attempted to fulfill his passion for art by taking an art class each semester. After several years of working real jobs, and trying to fit art around his schedule, it occurred to him that he either was or was not an artist. Luckily for his many fans and patrons, he chose the former.
He started out putting his keen observation skills and humor to use as a cartoonist. Fourteen years later, attracted to the attitude and economy, He moved to Southern California. He found true love in Julie, now his wife of 14 years, and in fine art, as he began to explore the plein air technique, originally using watercolors and acrylics. "When you grow up in Colorado, it's hard not to love the outdoors. For me, being outside and capturing the light, mood and atmosphere on a canvas for other people to enjoy, is just an incredible feeling."
His next breakthrough came with the birth of his first child, and his discovery of oil paints as his medium of choice. As his family grew (twin girls!!!) so did his commitment to being a great father, husband and prolific painter, painting out in the field or in the studio every single day. "I paint to express myself. I am compelled to share the inspiration that I feel when I see a beautiful scene, to be inspired and inspire in return. I want to translate [...]
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