Yes, it is 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 entice your senses, and that the brushwork and the look of the paint will charm you. Ultimately, I want my paintings to offer a window for your imagination, and sense of beauty.
I enjoy painting both outdoors (plein air) and in the studio. Most of my paintings begin outdoors where, for me, the interpretation begins. Many of my paintings are finished on site, while others are completed in my studio. I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism. Your act of making closure on my interpretation is integral to my process. Although my paintings are based upon the everyday things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of ‘things’ or ‘reality’ as I find it. I enjoy using design, color and paint-handling to present a more poetic experience for the viewer. I believe that it is the interpretation that makes the work, and hope you will enjoy being involved.
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, airplanes and spaceships, to share with his friends. Jimmy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, and then earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. Jimmy fed his artistic interests on the masters of the Golden Age of American Illustration and the American Impressionists. In following his early passion for these he enjoyed a career as an award-winning freelance illustrator and painter for twenty-five years. He taught drawing and painting while on the faculties of The University of Texas College of Fine Art and Austin Community College. Today, Jimmy Longacre is a full-time landscape painter, and lives with his wife on a hilltop in the Texas hill country, near Dripping Springs.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2014_Honorable Mention_En Plein Air Texas Invitational
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_One Man Show_Art Center of Corpus Christi_"Subjective Realities"
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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