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. Seeking balance, I also 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.
Though I reluctantly pursued a third career in education, doing so continues 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 every case I learned something new, and believe this was because my life has been grounded in creative work and its value to people.
If you are interested in visiting or joining my weekly painting class at 67 West Street or have any other questions about my work in arts and education, don't hesitate to reach out here on this site.
Jerry M. James, MFA, EdD
Art Studio 711
67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222