Lake, Jim – Painter

Artist's Background Information

This is a question and answer session about the artist.

Tell us about how and when you first started painting?

I began in 1967 and have continued to this day.

Did you experience start, stop and restart in your painting career?

I began in 1967 and have continued to this day.

Tell us about the highlights of your career as an artist?

I have no specific item. I have been awarded for work I have done since 1970. Painting nature is my strongest item of production, bringing landscape and animals to life with my interest and dedication.

What mediums and genres have you tried?  Which ones do you like and which ones are boring?

I use and enjoy watercolor-gouache and acrylic. I the early 70’s I produced a lot of ceramics and sculpture but due to my allergic reaction I no longer use clay or pottery.

Which mediums and genres are you excited about?

Watercolor-gouache, pen and ink and pencil.

What inspires you the most?

Our environment and wild animals.

Who is your favorite artist?

I have no one specific favorite. I do appreciate and think highly of many of my past students, both adult and youth.

Tell me about any procrastination habits?

Putting my work in shows and competitions.

How do you get an idea for your artwork?

Paying attention to the environment and spending time observing the out of doors.

What are your thoughts about learning art at this time in your life?

I have a great deal to learn. I believe I understand this today more than any time in my life.

What makes you happiest about your art?

Observing things that are actual and real and bringing them to reality.

Is there a particular time of day you enjoy painting?

I paint any time I can.

Do you listen to music while photographing?  What type of music?  Do you prefer silence?

I enjoy the traditional music from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

What role does an artist have in society?

To bring life to “things” and animals” from the past.

What is the best advice you could give to an aspiring artist?

Push yourself and be dedicated to improve your work bringing life to the subjects you produce. Observe other artists and do not hesitate to emulate others and their style.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Our environment and the animals that we often take for granted and do not pay much attention to, making them a part of our world and giving them life and personality.

Do you collect anything?

Not in many years!

What is the last artwork you purchased?

? I have not bought any art in numerous years. The most recent was ceramic art by Fred Gordon, a naturalist potter that sells his work in California and New Zealand.

What is the most important item in your studio or work area?

The most recent work I have produced.