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New Litter - No Respect, oil, 22" x 28"
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|Biography from Great Western Art Gallery, LLC:|
|James E. Faulkner (aka Jim) was born on April 1, 1945 in Chicago,
Illinois. Son of a civil engineer and a maternal nurse, Faulkner
never liked school during his childhood days although his favorite
classes were those dealing with art and nature. All of his focus
and interests were in the wilderness. |
After graduating from high school, he found his dream job at the
Brookside Zoo, taking care of the walruses and sea lions as well as
being dolphin trainer. One year later, in 1965, he got drafted
into the military and then served in the First Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Infantry in Vietnam in 1966. He was trained as a military
policeman and was shocked when told to pack up for an air assault.
He was now in the infantry. Sleeping with mosquitoes every
night, being surrounded by leeches both in the water and on the ground,
suffering through two monsoons (lasting about a month each) and a
typhoon, it’s no wonder that Faulkner’s love of nature and the outdoors
vanished. However, it was only a temporary loss.
his safe return to Chicago from war, Faulkner decided to go back to the
Brookside Zoo and was disappointed to see they were rebuilding it and
had lost the animals he had worked with before being drafted in the
military. The four dolphins Faulkner had work with, Vicky,
Robbie, Salty and Pepper, had all died from stress and pneumonia; he
couldn’t bare the pain of their loss for they were like his own
A Police Officer he knew from his hometown convinced him to join the
Police Force. Having previous Military Police training helped
Faulkner’s entry into the Police Academy; he pursued this career for
five years. During his “off time” as a policeman, Jim was
attracted to art and commenced to self-educate himself in oil painting,
a hobby he never envisioned to grow as well and far as it has.
His mentor, fellow Illinoisan seascape artist, Charles B.
Vickery, “hooked” Faulkner to the arts for life.
tantalized by the once pristine wilderness of Colorado’s Flattops,
James Faulkner moved to Colorado in 1975, and thanks to his wife’s
insistence as well as Mr. Vickery’s 20 plus years of tutoring, he
became a full-time artist in 1978. Faulkner goes out into the
wilderness alone to study wild animals in their natural environment.
He spends days, even weeks exploring the territory, animal
behavior, sounds in order to paint wildlife in realistic style.
Faulkner was awarded with his first blue ribbon in the 1978 National
Wildlife Art Show of Kansas. Other Best of Show awards earned by
Faulkner include the Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival and the Western Art
Festival where he has won numerous blue ribbons at these and other
national shows. He has participated in the Arts of the Parks
Museum Tour and was awarded a silver medal for the top award in the
Rocky Mountain Region. His work as also been featured on the
National Park Stamp.
Faulkner has been classified as a Featured
Artist at the International Wildlife Western and American Art Show,
Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival and Western Art Festival. His work has
been shown at Gallery One’s Mastervisions and Masterworks in Miniature.
(Mastervisions is an exhibition featuring 50 of North America’s
contemporary artists.) His two most current shows have been the
“Mountainside Miniatures Exhibit & Sale” at the Foothills Art
Center in Golden, CO and the “Figures & Creatures” at the South
Union Gallery in Lakewood, CO.
Faulkner’s artwork has appeared during the 1990s in the publications of Southwest Art, U.S. Art News magazine, and Wildlife Art.
He also had commissioned artwork for the National Wildlife
Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Illinois Wildlife Federation, the
Arizona Wildlife, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Coors, The Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation, The Bradford Exchange and The Hamilton
Collection. His limited edition prints have been collected in all
50 states and several foreign countries such as England, Australia,
Canada, and India.
For a third time, Mr. Faulkner has been
commissioned for an illustration to be used in McDougal’s Littell’s new
high school textbook entitled, Language of Literature Grade 9.
This textbook is currently being used in high schools throughout
the United States. The expected circulation is to be over 1
Faulkner's reputation has gained him invitations
to judge art shows across the United States, including his now home
state of Colorado. He has also been sought out for over 20 years
for his master art instruction and artistic innovations of his own
discovery in different organizations such as the Mountainside Art Gild
and Lakewood Art’s Council.
A couple of tidbits to know more
about Mr. James Faulkner’s personality are, for one, he has wanted to
paint seascapes as Charles Vickery to no avail. He has tried
hundreds of times but just can’t get it right since it’s almost
impossible to paint wet (translucent) water. As Mr. Faulkner
quotes: “There is a huge difference between being a very good artist
and a genius” (in reference to Mr. Vickery). Since he is
semi-retired, Faulkner dedicates his time to obtaining his private
pilot’s license as well as spending time in the wilderness alone,
enjoying the photographical aspect of the sumptuous Rocky Mountains.
* National Wildlife Art Show of Kansas
* Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival
* Western Art Festival
* Arts of the Parks Museum Tour
* International Wildlife Western & American Art Show
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