Jim Lamb

by Sarah Judson September 16, 2013

Jim Lamb would often visit the Frye Museum in Seattle when he was growing up, and he knew that someday he would become a landscape painter. In Southern California, he began to build  his reputation as a freelance illustrator, while taking courses  at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  Eventually, when he decided to pursue his long-held interest of landscape painting, he realized that plein air painting was a whole different ball game. He studied with several leading contemporary landscape painters to learn to work quickly in the direct depiction of nature. "Painting outdoors is invigorating to me. I enjoy the solitude; the sights and sounds of the outdoors. I'm driven by the challenge of capturing directly on canvas the essence of what inspires me. My preferred medium is oil paint on fine linen canvas. I love the texture of the canvas surface and the flexibility of oils. I can push the paint around, paint thinly or very thick, create a variety of textures, or wipe it all off to start over if I don't like how it's going. It's a very forgiving medium, yet rich when used successfully." Shown here are a plein air study (above) and a 22"x28" studio piece (left) . Some of his studio works are up to 40"x50"



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