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Jim Clements Artist Biography
112 ˝ N. Main
P.O. Box 402
El Dorado, Kansas 67042
Jim Clements is a western oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom - so it’s just natural that the wide open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas. My desire is to honor the spirit of the West in each painting I do.”
Born and raised in Kansas, a state which has been called the “gateway to the West,” his surroundings have inspired him his whole life. “God’s beauty is all around us, and the endless opportunity He’s provided to artists is overwhelming.”
Jim believes the best education any artist can receive is through sheer hard work and observation of life. He also gratefully acknowledges the advice, instruction and encouragement of many fellow artists over the years, which have been such an integral part of his own professional growth. In his opinion, a painter’s education never ends. It is a lifelong pursuit.
His paintings have won numerous awards over the years, and led informedcollector.com to write: 'Clements' rich deep color palette and masterful use of light combine to bring sensitive and provocative paintings to life. A strong sense of nostalgia is invoked in both his beautiful figurative work and his intriguing 'Out West' series.'
Jim’s paintings have been featured in Art Calendar magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Art Collector magazine, USA Today and numerous area publications.