Born on March 31, 1940, Jim Ziemer has enjoyed drawing for most of his life, but earning a decent living took precedence over pursuing art. While doing occasional drawings and paintings for family and friends, it wasn’t until after retiring to the Chesapeake Bay area (VA) in 2003 that he began painting in earnest. Since retirement he has devoted the majority of his free time to art focusing mainly on wildlife and scenery, along with boats and the boating history of that area. He moved to Brunswick, Georgia in March of 2009 where he continues painting wildlife of the area and commissioned portraits.
Jim has had no formal training in art but has an exceptional natural gift for observation and creating realism in paintings. Portraiture is his favorite form of art and his gift for capturing likeness and personality is apparent in his work. Nature and wildlife are also favorite subjects for him. Creating the mood and 'story' can be the most arduous part of a painting, all before the first stroke is applied to the work. He works mainly in acrylics for the brilliance of color and fast drying time for detail painting, while Portraits are done only in oils or pencil.
He has displayed and sold his work in many art shows in both Virginia and Georgia as well as several of the local juried galleries. He has won many awards for his work but much prefers the personal comments he receives when a work is appreciated and understood by the viewers.
Jim Ziemer joined Fine Art America on August 19th, 2011.