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James Turner Art

Traditional and Digital Artworks

Welcome to James Turner Art

Hi, my name is Jim. I’m a self taught artist and my preferred artistic genre is realism. I’ve been creating art since I was a kid and, as I’ve grown up with the evolving technologies, I feel comfortable with both traditional and digital art.

I get a little restless working in only oils, so you’ll see me jump from one medium to another to see which suits a subject better. Often times I’ll work in gouache for sketch books or I’ll use acrylic for detailed work and oils for a looser more emotive piece.

Though my subjects are usually of people and landscapes sometimes the lore surrounding a person or place is more interesting and will override my tedency for realism and I’ll end up with something really … different.

Most of my subjects are landscapes or anything in the natural world – seems odd that I would use a tool of technology (of the electronic kind) to express these things.

Lastly, I’ve been asked how can such a left brained person be so interested in a right brain activity? I don’t know, but it must have had something to do with the 80’s and video games.


Sometimes I Write About Art

Hard and Soft Edges in Digital Painting

Using hard and soft edges in your painting does give depth and definition to your subject but more importantly these  edges break up the sameness of a painting and make it a whole lot more interesting to look at. Too much Softness (Blending) Not a Good Thing If all...

Cemetery Gate Digital Painting

My latest painting of a cemetery gate is, to many people, a morose subject.  I don't see it that way. What I see is the art and the design of human beings that want to honor the passing of loved ones. Inspiration for the Cemetery Painting Where I live there are many...

Drawing a Face From Imagination

Years ago, when I first tried drawing a face from imagination, it was a total failure.  It always looked flat and lifeless, as opposed to the portraits I did from a photograph.  When I held them up side by side the reason was obvious. The drawing from imagination ...