James Chisholm

Salem, Massachusetts, United States

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I paint and draw every day – most of the time outdoors, whenever and wherever. I also continue to carve wood, based on natural themes. I enjoy the experiences that nature provides during the various seasons of the year, and in recent years have exhibits of my paintings with that in mind. My artwork is evolving experientially; working outside so much, in all kinds of weather, has slowly instilled in me an interest in what the weather conditions cause to happen; particularly in weather extremes. For instance, if it is very cold or rainy, how conditions will affect the compositional outcome of the picture. For instance, if it’s very cold outside, I am interested in what effects will occur on the watercolor sheet if the watercolor freezes, or the colors run If its rainy. I welcome the accidents that nature often provides. The natural world is a never-ending source of inspiration and artistic variety; essentially, and changing weather conditions allow me to enter into a 'dialogue' with the view, that contributes significantly to the compositional moment. Although my technical approaches follow a traditional under painting foundation, I have recently been laying in brighter stronger, primary colors at the underpainting stage, and later modulate the colors with wet into wet painting to establish a more luminous effect, and a greater depth of field. By working in this manner, I feel the images seems to emerge from the canvas or paper, in a sense evolve from nature; not so much as an attempt to replicate what I see, but to transform and intensify what I see in nature, into a moment of poetic intuition.

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Atkinson Common Memorial in Newburyport, 2022

Oil on Canvas

38" x 46"

$4650

Rowley Marsh Spring, 2020

Oil on Linen

38" x 46"

$6500

Newburyport Marsh, 2011

Watercolor on Paper

39" x 28"

$2300

Ipswich River, Topsfield 3-29, 2011

Watercolor on Paper

39" x 28"

$2300

Ipswich River, Topsfield 3-19, 2011

Watercolor on Paper

39" x 28"

$2300

Ipswich River, Topsfield (March/July), 2021

Oil on Canvas

38" x 46"

$4650

Millbrook: Trees Fallen Across Brook from Winter Storms (May/June), 2021

Watercolor on Paper

21" x 26"

$1250

Millbrook: Trees Fallen Across Brook from Winter Storms (March/April), 2021

Watercolor on Paper

20" x 27"

$1300

Bass Rocks, East Gloucester, 1980

Oil on Canvas

28" x 34"

$2500

Cross Street Cornfield, 2020

Watercolor on Paper

21" x 28"

$1300

Ipswich River, Topsfield, East View, 2017

Watercolor on Paper

28" x 21"

$1300

Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2015

Oil on Canvas

50" x 40"

$5000

Topsfield Meadow Early Afternoon, 2020

Oil on Canvas

48" x 38"

$4650

Rocky Neck, East Gloucester, 2020

Watercolor on Paper

10" x 34"

$1150

Breezing up at Dusk, 2019

Oil on Canvas

38" x 46"

$4650

Summer Cool, 2011

Watercolor on Paper

21" x 28"

$1300

Millbrook in Boxford, 2016

Watercolor on Canvas

28" x 21"

$1300

Ipswich River Bend, 2015

Oil on Canvas

50" x 40"

$5000

Millbrook Sluice, 2012

Oil on Linen

50" x 30"

$4450

Summer Heat, 2011

Watercolor on Paper

21" x 28"

$1300

Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford, 2013

Watercolor on Paper

21" x 28"

$1300

Ipswich River Trees, Topsfield (March/July), 2015

Oil on Canvas

50" x 40"

$5000

Millbrook South, 2011

Oil on Linen

50" x 40"

$5000

Eastview, Ipswich River: The Milk Snake’s Lair, 2017

Oil on Canvas

50" x 39.5"

$5000

Lockwood Lane. Millbrook Sluice. Boxford, 2019

Watercolor on Paper

28" x 21"

$1300