Jim Christley left a small town in western Pennsylvania for the Navy in 1962 at age seventeen to ‘see the world’. For his first career he saw much of it while serving on the crews of seven submarines both conventional and nuclear powered. Starting a second career in 1982 he worked as an engineering consultant. The start of the new millennium saw Jim start a third career as an artist. This was chosen to combine his love of painting and the oceans, with a desire to explore learning a subject that required a new skill set than engineering.
He worked under the instruction of the noted watercolorist Lou Bonamarte, marine artist Gerald Levy and in workshops around southeastern New England. Since 2002 Jim has been exhibited at galleries in Stonington, Mystic, New London and Old Lyme, Connecticut where he is an Elected Artist at the prestigious Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut. In 2009 he and his wife moved to St Augustine where he has exhibited in the St Augustine Art Association, Butterfield Too and the Professional Artists of St Augustine Gallery and the Grand Bohemian Gallery. He has work in both corporate and private collections including the Navy Heritage Center, Submarine Force Library and Museum, and the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.
The oceans and their bounds have been a favorite inspiration and fascination. I have been fortunate to witness first hand its moods from Cape Horn to the Barents. The study of painting the ocean, beaches, marshes, ships and boats will challenge me for the rest of my life.
Jim Christley joined Fine Art America on November 20th, 2007.