Jim McVicker- Amaryllis and Cherry Blossoms, Oil, 20 x 16 inches, SOLD

Jim McVicker

At the age of 21, upon seeing nineteenth century French landscape paintings, I had an awakening to art. The beauty and sensitivity I saw in those works changed my perception of the world. I started studying art history, painted copies of French impressionist landscapes and enrolled in life drawing and painting classes at Chaffey Community College. In 1975, I decided to become a full-time painter. I was 24 years old.

I moved from Ontario, California, where I was raised, to the northern part of the state. After a year I settled in Eureka, California. I was drawn there by the beauty and the art community.  I met and worked with several very accomplished artists, painting landscapes everyday on location, or painting in the studio always working directly from the still-life set up or models. I learned from direct observation of nature, by looking at and studying great art from the past and working alongside artists more developed than myself.

In 1984, I met my wife and fellow artist, Terry. We live a wonderful quiet life in California. We have studios on our property and I continue to paint daily, following my passion for painting from life, trying to capture the light, atmosphere, space, and the mysterious beauty all around us.

AWARDS

2018 Artist Choice Award Maui Plein Air Invitational

2017 1st place in the plein air category of the Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition, also two honorable mentions in the plein air category and an honorable mention in the still life category.

2017 Best Composition, Best West Coast Artist, Best New Artist to Easton, Easton Plein Air Festival, Easton Maryland, July, 2017

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2016 Best in Show, Laguna Beach 18th Plein Air Invitational

2015 First Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition $15,000 award plus cover story, September 2015 issue

2015 Gold Medal for Best Painting, 104th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club

2014 Best in Show, Laguna Beach 16th Plein Air Invitational

2014 2nd Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition

2014 Franz Bischoff Award for Best Still Life, 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club

2014 Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence, 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club

2014, 2015, and 2016 Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition

2013 3rd Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition