"Jim has been gifted with the ability to draw ever since he can remember. An ""Army Brat"" born in April of 1937, he was reared by his maternal grandparents in eastern Kentucky.
As a member of one of Virginia's oldest families it is only natural to find him still living in the South along with his wife Jeannine, five children and their Labrador Retriever whose name is Fred.
Jim joined the Navy at an early age and served as an ""operations type"" aboard the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. There he was overwhelmed by the timeless grace and beauty of Europe. Jim exclaims, ""coming from a land ruled by CPAs and decorated with billboards, gas stations and hamburger joints made Europe, particularly France, seem like a fantasyland."" Even the smallest restaurant had linen tablecloths and a wine service. An artistic and intellectual atmosphere prevailed. Art was appreciated, understood and artists were held in the highest esteem.
After the Navy, Jim studied art at the Central Academy in Cincinnati and has been an illustrator for the past 20 years. Jim says, ""this experience has been invaluable to me as a fine artist...it taught me discipline, control and the ability to be creative within limitations set by the client.""
Jim's dream is to return to France someday. ""After all,"" Jim says, ""the Omohundros came to Virginia in the early 1600's from France as Huguenots escaping the tyranny of Cardinal Richelieu. Now here I am, after marrying a Catholic girl, thinking of returning to France - must be something to the old French expression - the more things change, the more they remain the same."""