husband, father, grandfather, attorney, artist, musician, and traveler.
Jim Johnson was born in west Andrews, Texas in 1953, and lived in Snyder, Texas, until he was 20 years old. His parents lived a hand to mouth life during Jim's younger years, and they could not afford much more than necessities. So, Jim and his siblings learned to entertain themselves. Jim really enjoyed being outdoors and rode his bike around that dusty, desert like, town and its outskirts.
Jim also liked to draw and stayed in his room most of the time. Around age five, Jim was told that he was quite good at drawing. In fifth grade, his teacher sent Jim's drawing of then U.S. President, Lyndon Johnson, to the president. Jim received a thank you letter from the White House.
Jim grew up in the 1960s and in a time of psychedelic art with brilliant colors. In 1971, Jim attended Western Texas Junior College, where he took art classes. His art teacher loved abstract art.
Jim went on to become an attorney. As a lawyer for thirty-five (35) years, he lived in a black and white world of documents. However, he saw the world in vivid color.
Jim married April, and they raised four children. April, a paralegal, also worked in the law office for 35 years. Jim and April retired the law practice on December 31, 2018.
While practicing law and raising a family, Jim did not have much time for painting, but did paint some landscapes and portraits of his grandchildren. Since retirement, Jim has actively been painting.
As an artist, Jim attempts to accurately and objectively record visual reality with brilliant colors and vibrant brush strokes while leaving some details to the imagination. His paintings convey an idea or affect through energetic colors creating the illusion of light and dark through the inherent lightness or darkness of a color.