James Biggers Oils
James Biggers is never satisfied painting the same subject in the same way. He forced himself to learn and see more while constantly searching for inspirations and techniques to give his paintings essence. “I was a kid who stayed in at recess to work on my drawings.” James was starting to learn the skills that would be the journey of his life.
Despite his taste for Representational imagery, his paintings reveal a number of characteristics more typically associated with abstracts. The picture records recognizable scenes in the wilderness, but Biggers has simplified the detail. This technique is quite effective, allowing his paintings to both capture an image, and also provide enough textural interest to lend the pieces an abstract appeal. 'This emotive component is the most important part of my paintings. I must communicate these emotions in order to succeed as an artist.' Biggers is essentially a neo-traditionalist. The predominate character of his work carries forward into our own time -- a picture is seen as a literal window on the world -- that can trace its history back to the dawn of antiquity.
James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree before moving to Colorado where he now resides and pursues his passion for painting. A strong sense of design that is evident in his paintings was developed during his work as a commercial artist.
Biggers discovered, ”At some point you have to put something of yourself into your work, without this element you will never have a great painting. Design and the subject may attract people to your painting, heart is what keeps them there.” The best way to capture the heart of a subject is to paint from life and to continually search for new subject matter. Extensive travel has fed this desire.
Wanting more than a breathtaking scene to paint, James goal is to portray the essence of the emotion. He strives to give his paintings depth so that the viewer can go beyond what initially drew them in to the work of art. When someone comes to me and tells me that they have had one of my paintings for years and they can still feel the emotions of it, then I know I have succeeded as an artist.”