Born in Philadelphia in the late thirties, Jim Gola grew up heavily influenced by art and the cultural atmosphere contained in this bustling city. The city of brotherly love is still a thriving east coast art market that comprises some of the oldest art schools and galleries in America.
Jim admits to spending numerous hours at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a youngster. Admiring much of the work of Americas past masters such as Inness, Moran, Chase, Homer and Bierstadt, among others. He then started to generate his lifelong love of oil painting.
Moving to Oregon in the early sixties, while free lancing in art, Jim was introduced to the field of architecture. Upon receiving commissions to render black and white and colored drawings (artists renditions) of various architectural projects in the Portland, Oregon area, he soon found himself not only rendering such projects, but assisting in the design of them as well.
For the past forty plus years, building design has been the primary mode of securing a living for Gola in the Pacific Northwest. Most professional designers are involved in other forms of artistic and graphic based pursuits. Jim is no exception. Along with a daily emphasis on architecture, Gola continued his interest in most other forms of graphic art, but sadly, due to the time constraints of his job, this was in the mind's eye only.
At age 15, Jim was more than an avid admirer of the late great American landscape artist George Inness whose originals could be seen in many public and private Philadelphia galleries and locations. If there is an artist Jim would like to emulate, it is George Inness with his lavishly illuminated landscapes containing strong and brilliant color. Hopefully, looking at Jims latest works, one can sense just a bit of this long since departed master, George Inness.
Jim Gola joined Fine Art America on December 11th, 2007.