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Jimmy Longacre

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

It’s a thrill to paint the pictures, but it's important to me that my paintings engage you, the viewer.    That's what motivates the designing of my painting. When painting outdoors I select whatever catches my attention for a study directly from nature.  Back in the studio, I compose the ones that stand out to me, and that's done with you in mind.  "Hey, look at this!"  Besides enjoying the scene, I hope the design and color will excite your senses, that the brushwork and the look of the paint will interest you.  

 

I enjoy painting both outdoors and in the studio. Most of my paintings begin outdoors in one way or another. That's where the interpretation begins for me.  Some of my paintings are finished on site, but at this point I'm more interested in using my outdoor work as a motive to be completed in my studio.  I describe what I'm doing as Subjective Realism. The idea for a painting will more or less spring from the study of facts I find to be true in the scene: the effect of light, atmosphere, color notes, value, shape relationships, notes and sketches.  Those things become the resource for what I want to show you. I'm trying to help you to make closure on my interpretation of one main thing of interest to me.  Although my paintings are based upon the everyday things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of  ‘things’ or ‘reality’ as I find it.  I enjoy using design, color and paint-handling to present a more poetic experience for the viewer.  I think that it's the interpretation that makes the work, and hope you will enjoy being involved.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jimmy Longacre was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  At an early age his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Through grade school he filled his notebooks with drawings of Davy Crockett, Superman, cowboys, Indians, airplanes and spaceships, to share with his friends. Jimmy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, and then earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University.  Jimmy fed his artistic interests on the masters of the Golden Age of American Illustration and the American Impressionists. In following his early passion for these he enjoyed a career as an award-winning freelance illustrator and painter for twenty-five years. He taught drawing and painting while on the faculties of The University of Texas College of Fine Art and Austin Community College. Today, Jimmy Longacre is a full-time landscape painter, and lives with his wife on a hilltop in the Texas hill country, near Dripping Springs. 

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2019_Selected in the FAVORITE 15% of the November BoldBrush Painting Competition

2016_ Selected in the FAVORITE 15% of The June BoldBrush Painting Competition

2016_ Plein Air Southwest Annual Juried Exhibition

2016_ Signature Membership in Outdoor Painters Society

2015_ Master Signature Membership Artists Of Texas

2015_ En Plein Air Texas Invitational

2015_ Selected in the FAVORITE 15% of The August BoldBrush Painting Competition

2014_ Honorable Mention - En Plein Air Texas Invitational

2014_ Selected in the FAVORITE 15% of The September BoldBrush Painting Competition

2014_ Best In Show- Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event_Quick Draw 

2014_ Second Place - Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event

2014_ One Man Show - Art Center of Corpus Christi_"Subjective Realities"

2014_ Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America Spring Showcase

2013_ People's Choice Award - Port Aransas Coastal Paintout

2013_ Honorable Mention - Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event

2012_ Best In Show - Outdoor Painters Society Associates Showcase

2012_First Place - Columbus Folk Fest Paintout

2012_Second Place - Columbus Folk Fest Paintout

2012_Second Place - Marble Falls Paint The Town

2012_Honorable Mention - Plein Air Southwest Associates Showcase