Jim Fales is an artist who draws inspiration from nature. He has always loved to create art and his earliest childhood memories are of drawing cartoons in the margins of the newspaper. He spent many hours in the woods around his family farm sketching from nature.
His family contacted an art school and a representative appeared at their house to interview a promising young adult artist. He was amazed to discover that the artist was a 10-year-old!
Fales’s love of the creative process eventually took him to the University of Cincinnati where he enrolled in the Design, Art & Architecture Department. Upon graduation, he was employed in a number of art-related fields, including a position as Art Director at Gibson Greeting Cards.
His first media was watercolor, and after a few years as a commercial art teacher, he opened his own graphic design studio in Glendale, Ohio. In this capacity, he was involved in the design of advertising and signs. Eventually, his studio specialized in the design of coins, tokens, commemoratives, and legal tender.
During this period, Jim became interested in oil painting and has continued working in this media to this day. In retirement, he enjoys painting ‘en plein aire’ (in the outdoors) capturing the natural world that has always been his creative muse. This world is captured in his depictions of birds’ nests, greenways, and his childhood memories of life on the farm.
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