Jim was the managing partner in the law firm of Chambless, Higdon and Carson, in Macon, Ga., where he practiced law for 31 years.
Although always interested in drawing, even at an early age, Jim began taking painting lessons in 1989, and his art journey culminated in 2003, when Jim retired from law practice, moved to Saluda, N.C., and now paints full time.
Jim is known for his creative color balance and bold and spontaneous brushwork. His favorite subject matter is catching and carrying the light and shadow patterns through a painting, whether in an outdoor landscape, cityscape, interior, or still life.
Jim has been recognized at a number of national events, including the Neil Patterson Award of Excellence in the 2019 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition for Traditional Oils, and the Associate Member Award of Distinction at the American Impressionist Society Exhibition in 2015, and recently the William Schultz Memorial Award in Oils at the 21st Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition in St. George, Utah.
Jim is a Signature Member of The American Impressionist Society, a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), a group of distinguished southern artists, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, and a member of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City.