As a visual artist and musician, making art has always been an interdisciplinary practice. I have made object portraits, soundscapes, music videos; paintings that look like drawings, and aluminum reliefs that look like collage. Many of these works were created in basement studios in Manhattan. I also have painted watercolors outside when I traveled.
Since relocating to a seventh-floor space in Greenpoint, I have focused on drawing and painting the changing waterfront below. High-rise buildings are rapidly intruding on older structures, but the neighborhood once known as the 'pencil capital of the world" still resonates with historic charm. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay; so it makes sense that I feel at home on the waterfront.
When I worked at Lincoln Center, Maxine Greene suggested that I pursue advanced studies in art education. Doing so has continued to enrich my life in unexpected ways. I have worked with teachers and students across the U.S. and abroad, participated in research projects, developed web content and advocated for the arts regionally and nationally in print and in person. Thanks to Maxine, my life is grounded in my creative work and its positive impact on people of all ages.
If you have questions about my efforts in arts and education, don't hesitate to reach out on this site or at the email account below.
Jerry M. James, MFA, EdD
Art Studio 711
67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222