My name is James L. Foster or Jim as my friends call me. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. At the very early age of 5, I had an ever increasing passion for drawing. This continued into my teens where my focus became portraiture in oils on canvas and a need to capture the true personality of my subjects and not just the facial features. This focus has carried on into my adulthood. I have always been involved in the arts as a portrait artist, photographer and even as a musician.
Self taught, I have always had a fascination with the human face and portraiture quickly became my main focus in drawing. In my early teens, I would draw various individuals featured on magazine covers, such as TV guide, Life, etc... I find that the greatest downside to being a portrait artist, is the difficulty in building a portfolio of original work, when most of my work has been commissioned. Many times, I find it difficult to let a commissioned piece go after becoming attached in the creation process. Although I have and always will be a painter, I have become very involved in drawing again, almost exclusively.
For me, there is always a personal soul touching experience with a drawing, as my focus is drawn closer to the aspect of the subject. When painting, I lose much of that in the process of mixing colors and generating a schematic in my mind that takes me, well to an extent, from the art itself. But as always, I must find the connection between what it represents to me and how it will be perceived by others.
I have been commissioned for portraitures, reproductions, restorations, murals, signage, illustrations, etc.., over the past 27 years. My work currently includes portraiture in graphite, carbon, charcoal (separate and mixed) and oil on canvas. While I am capable of creating a portrait from the clients' photos, the preferred method for developing a piece, is to shoot my own photographic study of the subject in the desired setting.