Fine Art Portraits
James W. Rhoads, or "Jim," was born in
1945 and reared in small lumber towns in Oregon. He was the middle of
five children in a minister's family who was always interested in drawing,
especially horses, while growing up. His father was an American
Baptist minister who served small rural churches in Oregon, Montana, and
Jim became formally interested in studying art in 1969 while
attending seminary. He met an important Southern California artist,
Claude Ellington, while serving as a youth minister at a Presbyterian
church. Jim was first introduced to portrait art when Claude asked him
to model for his portrait class. After several sessions of modeling,
Jim asked Claude what it would take to get on the other side. Claude
responded with "just some charcoal and drawing paper." That began
Jim's journey towards a vocation as an artist.
In 1970, Jim graduated from seminary and was ordained with the
American Baptist Convention. He served in a special ministry of
chemical dependency as a Clinical Pastoral Educator in the Alcoholism
Service of Long Beach General Hospital. During his early ministry, Jim
developed a passion for the creative arts, theology, and ministry.
Partly for therapy and partly for the love of the arts, Jim began studying
art with Claude. For the next six years, Jim studied art with Claude 3
and 4 nights a week. Claude taught in the classical art school style
through the adult education program in West Covina. Jim studied "Still
Life Drawing and Painting," "Life Study and Figure Drawing," "Anatomy for
the Artist," and "Portrait Drawing and Painting."
By 1975, Jim developed into an accomplished artist. He received
a number of private commissions and began entering his work in various
shows. He won numerous awards for his portraiture. Over the
years, he has attended several portrait workshops with prominent American
portrait artists. The most significant of these artists is John Howard
Sanden, one of America's premier portrait artists and instructor at Art
Jim has focused his artistic career on portrait drawing and painting.
He works in both oils and pastel, and has a highly developed sense of color,
values, and form. Claude called him a "natural born painter" from his
understanding and use of paint. Jim's focus on portraiture is due to
his love of people and the human spirit which the human head expresses so
well. He goes beyond rendering a likeness, to capturing the essence of
the person. Jim's portraits capture the spirit, personality, and mood
of the subject.
Portrait painting is an avocation for Jim Rhoads. His vocation
since 1970 has been in the treatment of chemical dependency and more
recently eating disorders. He currently owns his own treatment service
called Pacifica Recovery, Inc.
Jim has been teaching portrait drawing and painting since 1992 and is
currently teaching at Claremont Adult Education.
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005
The Rancho Cucamonga Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Located on the Northwest corner of Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue.
The public is welcome!
Donation of $3 is accepted for non-members.