Jim Clements is a western oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom - so it’s just natural that the wide open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas. My desire is to honor the spirit of the West in each painting I do.”
Working in newspaper illustration and advertising over two decades kept his drawing skills honed, as well as in his free time continuously painting. “Observations of life, as well as painting from life, are critical to artistic advancement”, he said. He also gratefully acknowledges the advice, instruction and encouragement of many of today’s best known oil painters throughout the years, which have been such an integral part of his own professional growth. Jim’s home and studio are located on the prairie in the Flinthills region of south central Kansas.
His work is collected internationally and has won numerous awards over the years. His paintings have been featured in various magazines and are in the permanent collection of The Coutts Memorial Art Museum in El Dorado, KS. He was also the solo artist at a show in the Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville, OK. Several of his American Indian paintings were featured on an episode of Raw Travel in 2015, which is aired world-wide, after New York producer Robert Rose saw them.