A painter for more than fifty years and lifelong Michigander, James Kipp developed an appreciation early for the states endless coastlines and the subtle beauty found in unexpected places. In high school, I spent as much time drawing on my textbooks as I did reading them, he says. My love for aesthetics in visual art grew from there. As well as being an accomplished painter and goldsmith, James is also a boat builder and musician. He studied painting and printmaking as part of Michigan State University's BFA program. Landscapes with a realist approach are James' current passion. Kipp prefers to work in oils on canvas or wood panel, often using traditional glazing techniques. Drawing heavily on interesting rural settings or coastlines, he works with the interplay of light and shadow as well as tonalism in his imagery to set the mood. Influences include Hudson River School, the Russian Realist School, George Inness, J M Whistler.
James' goal with every creation is to give the viewer a momentary visual escape, to share what he found unique in the image of a particular moment in time. His work can be found in private collections across the U.S.