About James Weikert Original Art

James Artist Statement

My intimate connection with the natural world began with the rural environment of my youth - the forests, rivers, and peaks of New Hampshire’s north woods.  Now in the northern Rocky Mountains, my work continues to be inspired by exploring and interacting with the built and natural world in which I live and play. During my creative process I transform memories of my explorations from snapshots of static landscapes into living, moving compositions. A background in architecture helps to give me a unique perspective of the forms, colors, and patterns present within the places I visit. The way I incorporate these elements into my paintings creates bold interpretations of familiar landscapes.

My creative process begins with a series of quick sketches that capture the emotions and feelings that make a landscape special. Sometimes I work from photographs; however, I prefer using only my memory as it allows me more freedom in composition and less focus on realistic representation. Having no formal training in fine art other than the few courses I took while in college, my technique grew organically out of trial and error with only the tools I had available.  Using the oil paint as a wash, I construct my paintings background to foreground mimicking the layering found in nature. I apply the colors in a single layer directly on a bright white surface. This gives the paint a transparency and vibrance, creating the effect of backlit stain glass. To complete each piece, I reinforce edges and boundaries with bold black lines, further emphasizing form and pattern and giving my work a unique graphic quality.

Creating art gives me a sense of freedom I don’t find anywhere else. There are no rules when I start creating. It’s just me, my ideas, my paint, and my brush. My art is more than a creative outlet. Painting allows me to step outside the boundaries and demands of daily life.  I don’t need to please anyone, fit within a budget, or meet any deadlines.  My work is driven by the way that I see the world, and how I am able to communicate and share my perception.

 


  Biography

James Philip Weikert is an oil painter and architectural designer living and working in Bozeman, Montana.  He was born in Florida in 1977, but he and his family soon moved to a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This rural environment allowed him the opportunity to spend countless hours exploring the surrounding forests, lakes, and rivers.
James attended Norwich University in central Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Art. It was while at Norwich University that James first developed an interest in oil painting. Drawing on his background in architecture and love of the outdoors, he created a painting style that blended elements taken from both the built and natural environment. Most of his early work is a reflection of the New England landscapes he grew up in.
After spending several years living near the New Hampshire seacoast, James moved to Montana in the fall of 2003.  His work was immediately influenced by the dramatic landscapes of the northern Rocky Mountains.  This new inspiration compelled James to focus on improving and progressing his technique in the hopes of becoming a full-time artist. He recently completed the Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) to gain a better understanding of how to grow a sustainable art business. 

In addition to a full time job in architecture, James currently maintains a studio at The Foundry, a cooperative studio and gallery space in Bozeman, Montana. His work can be found in a growing number of galleries and shops throughout western Montana.

 

 

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Contact James Weikert


e-mail: jamesweikertoriginalart@gmail.com