Finding himself unemployed and bored in 1968, James F.Smith began teaching himself to paint from how-to books. He has since studied with Jim Westall, E. John Robinson, Harold Walkup, Katherine Friday and Florence Thurman. He began showing and demonstrating his work at the Washington County Fair in 1968.
Jim is currently teaching Portland Community College adult classes at the Walters Cultural Art Center and at Cornell Estates, as well as the Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon. He has exhibited his works in several International shows including the Cider Painters of America and the Seaside Gallery in North Carolina. He has won a number of awards from the Cider Painters in past years including 2010. He has also exhibited at numerous galleries on the Oregon Coast and in the Portland, Oregon areas.
The owner of the Yahoo Forum, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/miniatureart, Jim chose to adopt the AMA statements as the standard definition of miniature in the group. At this time the forum has 209 members around the world.
Jim Smith will be assisting with the traveling show of AMA Miniature Artists of America at the Walters Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro, Oregon in Fall 2011. Katherine Friday and Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will be exhibiting in the show as well as Jim and other artists. Local miniaturists will also exhibit paintings at the gallery.
A second generation artist, Smith owned and operated the Paint 'n Place in Hillsboro, Oregon with his mother, the late Stella Dralle. Disabled twice by brain surgeries in 1976 and again in 1992, Smith firmly believes success in art is a matter of tenacity rather than purely talent. He has taught art classes locally and at the coast for 42 years.