Jim is still friends with his college art professor Sam Hutto, from Mercer University, where Jim graduated with a BA in Studio Painting in 1973. Jim soaked in as much information regarding art, and its impact on those that engage with it by either completing or auditing every Art History course offered by Mercer at the time. By Jims senior year Sam made sure that Jim had his own studio on campus and that security knew to let him into the art building at anytime of day. Jim spent his senior year painting 12 hours a day and (according to professor Hutto) was the most improved student he had encountered. Always full of humility, Jim continued to pursue his passion of art as he always strived to achieve and deliver more in and through his art, hoping to someday fulfill his dream of opening an Art Gallery.
Early on in his career Jim worked with interior designers, by assisting them in selecting pieces for their interiors. Eventually Jim got into the Austin Byrd Collection of Georgia Artists while also being granted the opportunity to supply art for the Georgia Dome in 1992. It was 1992 when Jim met Annette Pate, and they have been painting together ever since.
Now when Jim paints, he searches for the happy accidents, as he has learned that painting is adding, subtracting and knowing, or sometimes learning, what works and what does not work. In order to get the glow of paint it takes layer after layer of paint with each layer being darker or lighter and pretty soon things peak through. At some point the painting takes over and continues to lead Jim through the process.
Jim’s family has been in the Atlanta area ever since Georgia became a state. He lives in Roswell with his wife Annette Pate in their townhouse with an ideal studio.