Jim Markle retired in 1994 from a long and distinguished career in advertising and publishing to devote himself full-time to painting. A Signature Member of the PSA and Master Member of the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Assn. Jim travels, teaches and paints ‘en plein air’ throughout the world. He is a recipient of numerous national art awards and past president of Great Lakes Pastel Society and Grand Valley Artists.
When asked about his love of painting landscapes, Markel remarked ” I think it’s mostly the multitude of images that nature creates through a combination of light striking objects and the wonderful images that can result to experience and paint. That combination can change an image so fast that sometimes the image is just a fleeting memory. ”
Managing Director of the Frauenthal Center, Ricki Levine is very pleased to have the Markle exhibit in the reception gallery. “Jim’s work provides the viewer with peace and tranquility says Levine. “Viewing his landscapes transports you to a place with open spaces and fresh air.”
Markle continued, “This exhibit records my impressions of those moments I’ve experienced while searching for scenes that spoke to me. Some are paintings done in plein air and some are studio paintings that were done from sketches or impressions of moments I’ve experienced while traveling. All are views of my impression of moments I wanted to record.”
Jim is the inventor of the Jim Markle Pastel Easelbox for location painting – an indication of his dedication to plein air painting. This has been recognized by pastel makers Great American Art Works, who market a “Jim Markle North American Landscape” set of pastels.
Markle’s work is frequently published in art magazines and books and he has written articles for many national and international art publications. His work is represented in museum, hospital, corporate and private collections throughout America, Canada, Europe and the Far East. .Jim lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Frauenthal Center Reception Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. with extended hours on show nights. Art exhibits are open to the public and admission is free. Upcoming exhibits include works by artists James Johnson and Larry Blovits.