Years in Exhibition:
Living in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, Jackson, Wyoming, and being surrounded by constantly changing inspiration makes it natural to want to convey that beauty to others. Jim Wilcox’s art career began in 1969, when he gave up the security of a teaching job to pursue his love of painting. With such mentors as Conrad Schwiering and John Clymer encouraging him, he slowly began making his mark.
Today, Wilcox’s first love is painting outdoors — plein air. His studio gallery overlooks the National Elk Refuge and the Sleeping Indian Mountain, providing much inspiration. That setting was the impetus for his 1987 Prix de West Purchase Award winner, Three Last Minutes Of Glory.
He works primarily in oils, but occasionally utilizes watercolors or pastels. He uses a broad palette and pays painstaking attention to the composition of each painting, with strong use of light, which he considers his primary subject, and atmosphere.
1987 Prix de West Purchase Award Winner