ARTIST'S STATEMENT:   Painting With Mind-Eye Magic

 
       "Landscapes are my primary subject and painting with mind-eye magic is
         the goal.   Our mind and eyes selectively ignore portions of what we see,
         isolating what catches our interest from the rest of what is in view.   Inter-
         esting adjacent scenes remain 'in sight' in memory as we turn to survey
         a wide panoramic view.   And yet, when the scene is reduced to a photo-
         graph, we can't seem to use this mind-eye magic.   The mountains often
         lose their grandeur, power lines intrude, and wide expanses of uninterest-
         ing foreground or sky now stand out.
 
       "My objective is to capture some of what my mind thinks I see, rather than
         the absolutes that come from a camera, and to do this while maintaining
         a sense of place.   If someone familiar with the region looks at one of my
         paintings and comments both that it's a nice painting and that they rec-
         ognize the area being represented, then in my view I will have made a
         successful painting."



       EXHIBITIONS:



"Early Morning" goes on the
 block at the Richard Schmid
 Fine Art Auction held Sept.
 6th, 2009 at the Rist Canyon
 Mountain Festival, Bellvue, CO




        Jim's work has appeared in a number of special events including the
        following exhibitions and auctions:  the 2008 OPA National Exhibition;
        the 2009 and 2010 shows at the Bennington Center of the Arts; the
        2010 C.M. Russell Art Auction; and the 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014
        Richard Schmid Fine Art Auctions.   He has received a number of
        painting awards from art shows in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  
        In 2014 thirty of his paintings were displayed in a two-artist show at the
        Carbon County Arts Guild in Red Lodge, MT and in 2015 he was one
        of the demonstrating artists in their Art In The Beartooths benefit.   Also
        in 2015 he had a one-man show at Northwest College's SinClair
        Gallery in Powell, WY.

Jim's painting "Clear and Cold"
received the First Place award
in the 2011 Rocky Mountain
Regional Juried Exhibition at
Red Lodge, MT's Caboose
Gallery.


       GALLERIES & MEMBERSHIPS  
 
            Jim is represented at the following galleries:
 
                     The Cody Country Art League
                     836 Sheridan Avenue
                     Cody, WY 82414
                     (307) 587-3597
                     www.codycountryartleague.com
 
                     The Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery
                     11 West 8th Street
                     Red Lodge, MT 59068
                     (406) 446-1370
                     www.carboncountydepotgallery.org
 
           He has been an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America
           for the past eight years.
 

 

     Jim and his wife Kate with
     "Markers of the Past" at the
     2008 OPA National's opening
     reception held at the Dana
     Gallery in Missoula, MT.
          (Photo by Carol Schloss)
 


       BIOGRAPHY:
 
Jim Mossman was born and raised in New York State, attended Midd-
lebury College for two years and served in the Army for two years.  
He worked for the State of Vermont for thirty-eight years in the fields
of transportation, data processing and geographic information sytems.  
During that time art was an occasional hobby, mostly relegated to
community workshops.   Family, jobs, competitive shooting, local elect-
ed positions and house remodeling all took precedence.   Jim and his
wife Kate moved to Cody, Wyoming in 2001.


Jim works in his studio on
"Dance of the Trees" using
the reference photos he took
several years previously.
He credits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's program “Learning
From the Western Masters” as the major factor in his decision to turn
to painting full time.   Artist M.C. Poulsen's tutelage and the rich learn-
ing environment of the center's Whitney Western Art Museum brought
together the bits and pieces of painting knowledge picked up over the
years.   Jim formalized and expanded his art education by taking oil
painting and watercolor classes at Northwest College.   He continues
learning via workshops with artists such as John Budicin, Ned Mueller,
Denney Neville, Frank Serano, Ralph Oberg, John Potter, George
Strickland and Jim Wilcox.



 The Artist