Painting with heart
This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!
If Colorado landscape artist James Biggers is looking for inspiration, all he needs to do is step outside his front door. As a resident of Estes Park, he lives five minutes from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Every morning when he rises, Biggers says he sips his cup of coffee and gazes at the magnificent views that unfold before him. As the seasons come and go, he watches as the various elements, such as weather, atmosphere, and light, continually evolve. And that ever-changing scene, in part, is what Biggers finds inspirational as an artist. “It’s always different and challenging to paint it,” he says.
Biggers describes his style of work as “painterly realism,” an impressionistic rather than hyper-realistic take on the landscape genre—a vision he employs whether he’s depicting Wyoming’s Wind River or boats docked in an Italian harbor. What often catches his creative eye and inspires him to paint a scene is the overall design—the abstract shapes have to be just right, he says. But even more importantly, Biggers believes that as an artist he must put something of himself into his work. “Design and the subject may attract people to your painting, but heart is what keeps them there,” he says.
As this story was going to press, the artist was busy preparing for two August shows—a Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters show in Estes Park and the Heart of the West Art Show & Sale in Coeur d’Alene, ID. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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