Yes, it’s a thrill to paint the pictures, but it's important to me that my paintings engage you. I compose them with you in mind. Besides enjoying the scene, I hope the design and color will excite your senses, that the brushwork and the look of the paint will charm you. Ultimately, I want my paintings to offer you a gratifying and enduring enhancement of your life.
I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism. Although my paintings are representational of things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of “reality” as I find it. I’m using design and color to induce a more poetic experience that will resonate with your inner feeling. I want to paint the music of color, light, shadow and form in a way that touches intuition and emotion. When they’re successful, they go beyond the “things” in them to the way we like to feel. The completion of my paintings requires an act of closure on the part of those who view them. My greatest satisfaction is in seeing others connect with the music.
Jimmy Longacre was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1947. At an early age his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Through grade school he filled his notebooks with drawings of Davy Crockett, Superman, cowboys, Indians, horses, Disney characters, airplanes and spaceships, to share with his friends. Longacre graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, and then earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. Contrary to the predominant scholastic influence of the day, Abstract Expressionism, Longacre fed his artistic interests on paintings from the Golden Age of American Illustration and the American Impressionists. In following his early passion for these he enjoyed a career as a freelance illustrator and painter for twenty-five years. During part of that time Longacre taught drawing and painting while on the faculty of The University of Texas College of Fine Art. Today, Jimmy is a full time painter and lives with his wife on a hilltop in the Texas hill country, near Dripping Springs. He spends much of his time on frequent outdoor painting excursions gathering the experience and material for his studio compositions. He describes his evolving painting style as Subjective Realism.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2014_Selected in the FAV15% of The September BoldBrush Painting Competition
2014_Best In Show_ Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event_Quick Draw
2014_Second Place_ Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event
2014_Honorable Mention_Oil Painters of America Spring Showcase
2013_People's Choice Award_Port Aransas Coastal Paintout
2013_Honorable Mention_Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event
2012_Best In Show_Outdoor Painters Society Associates Showcase
2012_First Place_Columbus Folk Fest Paintout
2012_Second Place_Columbus Folk Fest Paintout
2012_Second Place_Marble Falls Paint The Town
2012_Honorable Mention_Plein Air Southwest Associates Showcase
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