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Jim Wodark ~ passionate brush strokes and sensitive palette capture the true essence of a scene.

by Informed Collector on 5/12/2010 12:52:53 PM

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Informed Collector Recommends:
Jim Wodark


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Inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors, his passionate brush strokes and sensitive palette capture the true essence of a scene - from horse races in Italy to the idyllic coast of Southern California.

COLLECTOR ALERT
Walking the Dog by Jim Wodark (shown below) was selected as a Finalist in the March RayMar Fine Art Competition.
Jim Wodark - Canvoo Focal Point


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An example of fine art by Jim Wodark 

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Inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors, his passionate brush strokes and sensitive palette capture the true essence of a scene - from horse races in Italy to the idyllic coast of Southern California.

- Informed Collector


Quick Facts about Jim Wodark:

* Year Born: 1958

* Price Range: $1,100.00 - $8,000.00

* Main Website: http://www.jimwodark.com


Artworks by Jim Wodark:


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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.
Collectors Say:

" 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 Web Pages with info about Jim Wodark

Jim Wodark's Main Artist Website


Art Galleries Representing Jim Wodark


Chemers Gallery
Tustin, CA - 714-731-5432

Sanders Galleries
Tucson, AZ - (520) 299-1763

Studio 7 Gallery
Laguna Beach, CA - (949) 497-1080

Willow Gallery
Scottsdale, AZ - (480) 424-7300


Overview:

Welcome to my website. Thank you for visiting. I frequently update my site with new paintings and events. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will answer them as soon as I can. Thank you and enjoy! Jim Wodark 714-633-4312 "Santa Rosa Pasture" 12x24 oil on linen panel. A beautiful pasture of spring flowers at the Santa Rosa Plateau, near Temecula.

Biography

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 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.

Having dedicated himself to art for the last 24 years and counting, Jim continues to challenge himself creatively by approaching each painting as an opportunity to try something new. "My intention is to paint my masterpiece every time I paint a picture. This gives me never ending room to grow and experiment with my art."

And whenever he hits the inevitable rough patch, he just thinks back to that moment when he decided to commit himself to art. The power of that decision, and the path it created, never fail to get that paint brush moving again. "I am doing what I love and hopefully that joy is reflected in my work. I strive very hard to make each and every piece reflect the person that I am and the artist I am becoming."

Jim is a member of several painting groups: Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and an "Artist Member" of the prestigious California Art Club.


Shows and awards:

Juried into the "Signature" membership group in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 8/2009

2nd Place at the National Yearlong Raymar Painting Competition 2008-2009

"Lily Pond" 36x36 was accepted into the California Art Club's Prestigious Gold Medal Show 2009

"Mission Bench" 24x30 was accepted into the Oil Painters of America 18th annual National Juried Exhibiton

Best Mission Painting at the SOCALPAPA Paints the California Landscape Show 2009

First Place at the SOCALPAPA Paints the California Landscape Show 2009

"On the Edge" won the top prize "Artists' Choice" Award at the Torrey Pines Plein Air Painting Invitational 2008

"Mission Fountain" won First Place in the LPAPA "Best of PLein Air" Show 2008

Fremont Canyon Sundown" 16x20 won Best of Show at the San Marino Art Matters show 2008. Held in the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens Pasadena, Ca.

"Damn Barnacles" 12x16 was accepted into the California Art Club Gold Medal Show 2008

"Sunset on Morning Light" 24x30 accepted into the Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition 2008

Artist Choice award SOCALPAPA Painting the California Landscape 2008

Anthony Forster Memorial Award "Best Mission Painting" SOCALPAPA Painting the California Landscape 2008

Fourth Place Raymar National Yearlong Art Competition 2007 out of 1,400 entries

First Place University of Redlands Plein Air Painting Competition 2007

Second Place The Lodge at Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational 2007

Best Of Show SOCALPAPA Newport Peninsula Plein Air 2007

Honoraable Mention SOCALPAPA Newport Peninsula Plein Air 2007

Second Place "Quick Draw" SOCALPAPA Newport Peninsula Plein Air 2007

Honorable Mention Heritage Art Show Irvine Land Trust 2007

Honorable Mention LPAPA "Best of Plein Air" 2007

Two paintings Juried into the California Art Club's Gold Medal Show 2007

Second Place in the Raymar National painting competition out of 1,700 entries.

9th Place in the Raymar National painting competition.

15th Place Honorable mention in the Raymar National painting competition.

28 painitngs of the final 144 in the Raymar National yearlong painting competition.

Second Place in the LPAPA Members Show 2006

First Place LPAPA "Best of Plein Air Show" 2006

California Art Club "Artist Member" (Juried into membership 2005)

Art-a-fair Poster Artist 2006

Honorable Mention Crystal Cove Show 2005

Second Place San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2005

First Place at the San Clemente "Quick Draw" Competition 2005

Honorable Mention LPAPA Members Show 2005

First Place at the SOCALPAPA Best of the Back Bay 2004

First Place at the San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2004

First Place at the San Clemente "Quick Draw" Competition 2004

Artist Choice Award SOCALPAPA Best of the Back Bay 2003

LPAPA members show 2002, 2003, 2004,2005

Upcoming Events and Exhibits

Oil Painters of America 2010 National Juried Exhibition
Legacy Gallery
4/30/2010-5/31/2010


Oil Painters of America's 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition will be held at the prestigious Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 30 through May 31, 2010. Widely recognized as one of the premiere art organizations in the country, OPA's primary mission is dedicated to promoting the continued interest in traditional, representational art. As always, the Gold Medal Award valued at $22,000 draws the attention of North America's finest artists. With over 2,500 submissions, entries are narrowed down to the top 200 paintings resulting in a exhibition that reflects the exceptional art and beauty being created by today's finest representational artists. The success of this year's exhibition is further bolstered by a strong contingency of OPA Master Signature members including: Thomas S. Buechner, William T. Chambers, Nancy S. Crookston, Dan Gerhartz, Albert Handell, David Hettinger, Doug Higgins, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelley, Steven Lang, David Leffel, Jeff Legg, Ruo Li, Huihan Liu, Calvin Liang, Paul Mullally, Neil Patterson, Joyce Pike, Zhiwei Tu, Jeffrey Watts and William Whitaker. Joining this illustrious group are new Master Signature artists: Kenn Backhaus, Michael Mao and Warren Chang.

California Art Club 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
Pasadena Museum of Art
6/13/2010-7/3/2010
Reception: 6/12/2010 (6-9 pm)

This is a annual exhibition for the California Art Club and is one of the best shows that I am involved with. The show is filled with exceptional art and is very exciting to see. I am honored to be accepted to show in this venue.

Telluride Plein Air
Telluride
6/28/2010-7/4/2010
Reception: 7/2/2010 (6:00-8:00 pm)

I have been juried into this great event featuring 30 of the Nation's top Plein Air Artists. We will paint in Telluride from June 28th - July 1st. On the weekend of July 3rd & 4th there will be an exhibition and Sale at the Sheridan Opera House. It looks like a fun event over the 4th of July and I can't wait to paint in Colorado!

 

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