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 Jim Eppler  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/California      Known for: wildlife painter-birds and sculptor

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It wasn't until the 1990s that wildlife artist Jim Eppler began sculpting. Eppler wanted to represent his subjects in three dimensions. His experience as a painter made the transition easy for him.

Eppler's animals were at first detailed and colored realistically. His more recent work is more loose and colored in more traditional patinas. Eppler photographs his subjects in their natural environment before taking them back to to sculpt in his studio.

Source: Southwest Art Magazine, July 2002

Biography from Manitou Galleries:
Jim Eppler takes the world around us and recreates it for our participation. He has been praised for his lifelike recreations and his gentle interpretations. It is Eppler’s respect and appreciation for nature that allow his art to flow so freely.

Eppler developed this appreciation for nature at a young age. As a small child growing up in El Paso, he would spend many hours outdoors, observing animals to sketch and paint. After moving to Lubbock, Texas, he took his first art class in high school. Eppler continued his official studies at Texas Tech University, earning a BFA in Studio Art. But Eppler has never limited his studies to the classroom. He has always been a keen observer of nature and has spent many hours capturing on film every aspect of nature. In his paintings, Eppler particularly uses light to underscore select components of movement and landscape. In his bronzes, it is the details of movement that are subtly emphasized.

As accomplished as Eppler is in wildlife art, he does not limit himself to that realm. He is an accomplished portrait artist and skilled musician who is able to meld his gift for song and portraiture by creating commissioned portraits for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has created commissioned pieces for MCA Records, Mercury Records, Chappell Music, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and numerous private collectors.

Eppler has been featured in the book, “Wildlife Art, 60 Contemporary Masters and Their Work” (Joan Muyskens Pursley, Portfolio Press), and in numerous magazines. His public installations include the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Frederik Meijer Gardens,South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center, National Exhibits Foundation, National Ranching Heritage Museum, Booth Museum, West Texas Museum Collection, and the Benson Sculpture Garden, along with numerous private installations.

Biography from Wendt Gallery:
Jim Eppler creates paintings and bronzes intended to depict the power, beauty, harshness and magnetic attraction of nature. His work reflects his life-long enchantment with wildlife. Eppler readily admits a romance with “the play of light and shadow, the way paint builds on canvas,” and is equally captivated by gestures and textures that lend themselves to the three-dimensional aspect of bronze.

Bringing his training as a colorist to his sculpture, Eppler hand-finishes each bronze in his limited editions. Using patina and paint, his intricate knowledge of his subject matter is expressed with distinctive markings unique to each species.

While Eppler’s art has encompasses a wide range of artistic genre and subject matter, animals and their habitats constantly draw him to their world. When researching particular species, Eppler moves quietly into the world of wildlife. He watches, listens, learns and captures on film the remarkable dimensions of wildlife and their habitats. Of this, he says: “My photos reveal their form and habits, but their gift to my soul is what inspires me to paint and sculpt.”

Creating in both mediums is a rich and gratifying experience for Eppler who was born in 1950. He earned a BFA in Studio Art at Texas Tech and has studied with Bob Kuhn, Robert Wood, Bill Worrell, Raymond Froman, Charles Reid and Paul Milosevich


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