About my artwork, and landscape painting:
For me, landscape painting is a kind of direct personal "testimony" to the power and excitement of a particular place or natural form. All of the paintings and drawings displayed on this website were done from direct observation and completed on-site.
James Woodside, Magalloway River Triptych, Oil on Panel, 19" x 56"
Working outdoors forces me to have a direct and immediate relationship with the subject matter I'm painting. Working quickly, I try to simplify impossibly complex forms into simple dramatic shapes. I try to distill down what I'm looking at into something I can understand and manage. I consider this immediacy to be crucial to the success and strength of my work. The limitations of time, weather, and transportation of materials all become part of the "genetic makeup" of the painting itself and provide a set of natural parameters. For me, this helps the work maintain a fresh in-the-moment credibility, and a sense of real authenticity.
James Woodside, Driftwood and Rocks, Oil on Panel, 18" x 18"
A direct response to the "power of the place" is what interests me. By responding to what is around me, without commentary or sentimentality, I'm not attempting to "capture" nature, but rather to just bear witness, to make tangible some of the beauty and power that I have felt in these places.
January 12, 2007
James Woodside, Minas Basin, Oil on Panel, 24" x 24"
* Born: December 3, 1957.
* 1988-present: Director of Visual Art, Walnut Hill School, Natick, MA
1983 M.F.A., Hoffberger School of Painting
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
1980 Whitney Fellowship, Independent Study Program
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1980 B.F.A., University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
2003-05 Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam
2002 America, The Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.
2001 Harmony of Land: Melody of Color, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH
2000 Arts Around Boston Exhibit 2000, Boston, MA
2000 Creiger-Dane Gallery (at Office Environments of New England), Boston, MA
2000 Artists Who Teach, Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
1996 The Gamble Mansion, Boston, MA
1993 Eyes on the Earth, Earthwatch Headquarters, Watertown, MA
1991 Art Faculty / Invitational Alumni, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1984 History as Content, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs
(Permanent collection at Palmer Station, Antarctica)
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC, Boston, MA
Millennia Resources, Needham, MA
University of Delaware (Permanent Collection)
Awards, Visiting Artist, Lecturing, Educational:
2006 - Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Visiting Artist and Lecturer
2006 - Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, Guest Instructor, Drawing Classes
2001/04 - Teacher/Researcher, "Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts Project", (funded by the J. Getty Trust), Project Zero - Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Co-Principal Investigators: Lois Hetland & Ellen Winner
2004 - Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, Visiting Artist and Lecturer
2004 - Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Visitng Artist and Lecturer
2003 - University of Delaware, Newark, DE, Visiting Artist (graduate painting students) and Lecturer
2003 - New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, Gallery Talk
2003 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.,“Painting in Antarctica”, Science Seminar Series, April 29, 2003, Lecturer
2003 - Grantee, National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs: Artists & Writers Program, “To Paint in Antarctica”, (deployed to Palmer Station, Antarctica)
2003 - Juror, Scholastic Art Awards, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2002 - Lecturer/Panelist, "Connections between Effective Arts Education and Academic Research", April 15, 2002, The Julliard School, NYC
2002 – West Chester University, West Chester, PA, Gallery Talk
2001 - Juror, Biennial 2001, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2000 - Lecturer/Panelist, “Transfer or Transformation?” Dec. 6, 2000, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
1993 - Instructor, Boston Visual School, summer program in Trieste, Italy
1992 – E.E. Ford Excellence in Teaching Award
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James Woodside, Irene's House, Oil on Panel, 14" x 14"