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ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
MASTER ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS 2005
NOVEMBER 9, 2005

JIM RHOADS

OIL PAINTING
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 Idaho.

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 Students League.

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 INLAND EMPIRE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
JIM RHOADS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005
9:30-11:30 a.m.

MEETING LOCATION!
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.

 

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