Painter in Oils and Acrylics
James “Jim” Butler has been painting since the mid 1970's - more consistently since retirement from salaried employment in the 1990's. Though largely self-taught as a painter, he studied at the Ottawa School of art with a number of established artists, including international sculptor Bruce Garner, and participated in workshops by popular landscape painter Bruce Heggtveit.
His painting subjects range from landscapes through florals to children and figures.
Tools include both brushes and painting knives.
What I strive for in my work is to represent the subject clearly, but not overburdened with detail. Once involved in a painting I find that it begins to dictate to me what it needs. It is finished when I see no more need for change.
While I enjoy the feel of smooth oil paint flowing off the brush, I appreciate the faster drying time of acrylics. I sometimes switch to oil bar or painting knife for the fact that these encourage a looser style of painting that has its own special appeal.
From my excitement over a new subject that just begs to be painted, to the satisfaction of a finished work that is a pleasure to view, art brings true joy to my life. It is my hope that others may feel a sense of that joy when viewing one of my paintings, for the knowledge that others take pleasure in my work is another strong motivator to paint.