friends know a bit about James Porter, but many know very little about
the man behind the art.
was not his first love or his second, for that matter. He has degrees
from Purdue University in Entomology and the University of Baltimore in
Business. He had a thirty-year career as an Entomologist. That would be
the study of insects, in case you are wondering--a bug man as it were.
During that time he was also a farmer, photographer, and part-time opera
singer. The one thing he was not, was an artist.
Jim entered the wonderful
world of art one day while watching his talented daughter draw. He made
the comment, "I wonder if I could paint?" She responded, "You
are not getting any younger Dad." So he went to art school and found
that God had given him another gift but did not tell him until he was
56 years old. Jim believes we should develop God's gifts and share them
attempts to create art that connects positively to the viewer in some
way. He paints subjects he likes and enjoys. He is an award-winning artist
and his works are in collections throughout the U.S. Perhaps you, the
viewer, can find something in his paintings that stirs an emotion and
brightens your day. If so, drop him an e-mail. He would love to know what
you see in his work. It gives him much joy to paint and he is humbled
when you decide to make it your own.