Hello, my name is Jim Stilwell, and welcome to my online
inspirational art gallery.
You may have deliberately chosen to visit this sight or your random search for art has brought you here. Either way, please enjoy the tour. My goal is to evoke your spirit.
We are all on a journey. We are all hero's; every man, woman and child are faced with challenges everyday, whether it is tending to our life and family, heading off to work or school or just the act of surviving in this world.
A few years ago, I had an amazing experience during a vision quest that changed the way I live my life and view others around me. Many of these images evolved from my experiences and others are articulated from fellow journeyers.
I create images in hope of inspiring others.
Along with my personal art I am also involved in many exciting field projects. Currently, I am a volunteer resident artist at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Here, I teach a class to Veterans called Story Art, and have created The Veterans' Mural Project involving Veterans in painting several murals depicting images of courage and service.
I enjoy working on collaborations with others, helping them bring their ideas to life.
To learn more about me and my artist's journey, please visit Local Hearted for a podcast interview. This blog has many fine artists' stories as well that will be of interest to all creative people.
Did you ever go somewhere memorable and only had it fade from your mind or maybe you tried to capture that moment with photographs only to be disappointed that it didn’t grasp the drama or color? Maybe that place was transformative or was influential in your life path. I am experimenting with consolidating images from photos and my imagination to depict places where people have journeyed in their life. The great thing about painting is you can recreate or invent whatever you want.
Since I am teaching drawing and painting now I have been inspired to do more nature and landscape subjects. I am toying around a couple of names for this project: The road less traveled, Pathways, Places I have been. I would love to hear from you with your suggestions! See Collaborate with and Artist for more info.
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