Jim Wodark

The famous religious painter Carl Bloch was said to have dipped his paintbrush in his heart. As an artist, I relate to that statement because painting for me is a way to turn myself inside out and share what is there on canvas. Sometimes I see things that are so painfully beautiful that I can find no adequate words to describe them. My art has become a spiritual language where I can express myself without speaking. And hopefully those who view my paintings will feel what I am trying to say with no words passing between us. I have found that it is through visual imagery that I can best reveal my passions.

As an artist I am more interested in painting my emotional reaction to a subject than in creating a photorealistic rendering of it; consequently my paintings lean more to impressionism than realism. I tend to work in an abbreviated style where the suggestion is more important than the completed statement, and where the parts or details are sacrificed for the good of the whole. I’ve learned that the less I give away in my paintings, the more people seem to read in them.  To me, there is more poetry in an image when not every detail is spelled out and the viewer is allowed to solve some of the mystery.

I love to capture the abstract patterns of light and shadow in the subject as, paradoxically, I find this creates a more realistic image when viewed from a short distance. I generally paint things that I am close to, both in distance and in feeling. I am not about depicting vast expanses of nature, but rather of close, intimate corners of personal spaces. Any subject is game for my brush as long as it is beautifully lit. In truth, light is always the subject I find most exciting, as anything it touches is enhanced in depth, dimension, vibrance, and beauty. This is the spiritual implication art has for me.

I consider it the greatest of privileges to be an artist–to notice the grandeur in small things around me, to celebrate them on paper or canvas, and to share my passion for life though my artwork. 

Jim was born in 1958 in Denver, Colorado but grew up near the
flatirons. Both of his parents are artistic and he was tremendously
influenced by them and the natural beauty of the environment.
Cartooning was his first love and he worked in that field for 15 years. In
1990 Jim moved to California and a few years later met his wife, Julie. It
was at this time that he began to paint with oils. The birth of their first
child, Clint in 1998, focused his desire to paint while being a stay at home
dad. In 2000 they had twin girls, Sophia and Gwen. Believe it or not this
helped him focus even more! For the last 15 years he has been able to
paint everyday and has had great growth and success. Jim paints both “En
Plein Air” (on location from life) and in the studio. “I want to inspire
and be inspired through painting. To bring beauty into people’s lives. I
have been blessed with a passion to create. I am thankful that people
respond to my work and that it makes a difference in their homes and
businesses. Everyday I look forward to what I will paint next.”
Jim has won numerous awards at the local and national level. He belongs
to several painting groups: the California Art Club “Artist Member”, the
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association “Signature Member”, and The Oil
Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

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