Jim Fitzpatrick - Fine Artist

Jim Fitzpatrick

South San Francisco, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Jim Fitzpatrick

South San Francisco, CA - United States

Jim Fitzpatrick - Fine Artist

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About Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick, United States

I loved drawing as a boy but stopped for years. I'm self taught... I mainly do portraits. A few years back I started drawing again and also got back into photography. Over the years I've held a wide variety of jobs and experiences. Shortly after high school, while attending SF State in 1978, I became the photographer for the professional wrestling promotion which regularly held events at the Cow Palace by San Francisco. Shortly after that I started training to skate professional Roller Derby which was one of my passions. Originally I was hired in 1978 to work on the track crew which set up the large, portable banked track they skated on. In 1980 I became a professional skater for the World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers and skated in some amazing places like the Cow Palace and as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tokyo Japan. During my skating days I also worked part time at a health club as a fitness instructor and even worked for a house painter. I then became certified in shiatsu massage after shoulder injuries ended my skating career. Still wanting to be involved with Roller Derby I became a referee. In 1987 I performed Roller Derby stunt skating in an MTV music video for McAuley Schenker Group for the song, 'Love Is Not A Game'. I then went to work for Dakin, Inc., a famous toy company, in their mailroom and later advanced into their traffic department where I held two different positions over the next couple of years. I then became a police clerk and later a police service technician. Then I became a fire inspector and was also a reserve cop for a short while. Later, when the inspector job was eliminated due to budget cuts I became a fire fighter. For a while I was the Acting Deputy Fire Marshal. Over the years I've performed magic and entered several stage competitions and my son and I took 2nd place one year. I also performed a number of pay jobs as a clown magician, a serious magician, a strolling magician and a magical Santa Claus. After getting hurt at work during a fire I went through years of physical therapy and treatments to become more mobile. Not just one thing helped me by itself but a combination of working out, watching my posture and diet, Myofascial Release treatments, Prolotherapy Injections and staying active helped give me a life again! I've been interviewed about it on TV and in newspaper articles. I hope I can inspire others who live with chronic pain to not give up!

In recent years I helped bring old school, pro Roller Derby and my old team, the SF Bay Bombers back. Currently I'm the team's coach and GM, one of our league's trainers, the Northern California Rep and also one of the executive producers for our TV shows. I guess that's one reason why I like to draw when I get a chance. It's my way of relaxing, unless the drawing I'm working on is going bad. lol

I've also published 3 photo books. My first, 'Roller Derby Classics...and more!' deals with the history of the sport and also my involvement in it. My second book was a children's book, 'I Have a Chin! A Japanese Chin' about our family's pet dog. My third book was 'When I Shot Good and Bad Guys (who wrestled at the Cow Palace'. It contains some photos I took during that brief period of time I worked for the wrestling promotion.

In 2011 I met NFL Hall Of Fame legend Dick Butkus and gotten on board with his Butkus Foundation's 'I Play Clean' campaign to end steroid abuse among young athletes. For more info and to take the 'I Play Clean' pledge visit www.iplayclean.org

I've held two art exhibitions so far. One was held in 2011 at the LC Gallery located in the Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco. One of my works on display that day was of Senator Leland Yee. Senator Yee made an appearance during my exhibiton. In March of 2012 I held my second at ManCave Memorabilia in San Mateo, CA. For that exhibition I displayed some of my works of famed boxer Mike Tyson. The timing couldn't have been any better since he was on hand making a special appearance. My family and I were granted a private meeting with him at which time I presented him with a pastel drawing I had done of him and his family.

In March of 2013 I was one of several artists featured in the ebook 'Best of Activism in Art - I' by Sarah S. Vati.

On June 10th National Geographic editors published one of my photos as 'our favorite photos' in their Daily Dozen Share!

Most recently I submitted samples of my portraits to Art Tour International Magazine for a chance to be included in their 2014 edition, ATIM'S TOP 60 MASTERS OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2014. I received word back my submission was accepted by their panel of art critics, gallery directors and interior designers from Italy, Canada and the USA!

I'm married and have two children. Joey is 21 and Vanessa is 16. We also have two Japanese Chin dogs, Meme and Liebchen!

Please note- all these images belong to me and all copyright laws apply.

Below are links to my other sites....

www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5858784/
https://plus.google.com/b/108739234053695304512/108739234053695304512/posts

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My 4 page article with photos on Roller Derby legends Joan Weston, Delores Tucker and Ann Calvello appears in the latest edition of Eye On Fine Art Photography. Print copies and/or download copies are available on their site. My article is entitled W... 

My Llatest Promotional Video

February 15th, 2014

This is my latest promo video for my artwork and photography.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdwoER5UdRs 

This is my most recent promotional video which shows I have started combing my photography with my artwork in many cases. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdwoER5UdRs 

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/696542 One of my photo is featured in the February 2014 edition of Eye On Fine Art Photography which came out today. To order a copy please visit....... http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/687750 This... 

This is my 3rd calendar I've published for 2014. It's now on sale! http://www.lulu.com/shop/jim-fitzpatrick/old-school-roller-derby/calendar/product-21263189.html 

Old School Wrestling Calendar

November 1st, 2013

This is my second calendar I've published for 2014. It's now on sale! http://www.lulu.com/shop/jim-fitzpatrick/old-school-wrestling-photos-by-jim-fitzpatrick/calendar/product-21258662.html 

My First Published Calendar

September 30th, 2013

Today I just released my first published calendar containing some of my photography of animals. It's now for sale just in case you want to get the jump on 2014!  

My YouTube Promotional Video

September 15th, 2013

We've just uploaded a video featuring some of my artwork and photography. I hope you get a chance to check it out! Thanks, Jim 

http://sf.metblogs.com/tag/cow-palace/ This is a write up on my photo book, "When I Shot Good and Bad Guys (who wrestled at the Cow Palace)" The photo was taken when I met wrestling legend and Hall of Fame member Don Muraco who is featured ins... 

My New Google Plus Site

July 14th, 2013

I recently opened a Google + account for my artwork and photography. Feel free to visit my site and spread the word. Thanks! Jim https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108739234053695304512/108739234053695304512/posts 

My Facebook Page

July 14th, 2013

Here is the link to my newly created Facebook page.... I hope you'll visit it and "Like" it. Also, if you have a Facebook page, send me the link! Thanks, Jim  

On June 10th, 2013 National Geographic editors chose one of my photos as "our favorite photos" in their Daily Dozen Share! http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2013-06-10/ 

My Slideshow

June 2nd, 2013

I've just uploaded the slideshow option to view my works! I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to also visit me on Facebook.... https://www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography 

As of March 23rd, 2013 I was one of several artists featured in the ebook "Best of Activism in Art - I" by Sarah S. Vati. ISBN: 9781301850259 It will be available in major book stores online within a month or so (in Italy, you can find in on Mondador...