I was given a camera for my sixth birthday and became the family photographer. My interest in photography grew over the years and by the time I graduated from high school I was hooked. I joined the Navy in 1968 and with my first paycheck flew to Chicago and bought my first professional camera, a Nikon FTn and I never looked back. After my stint in the Navy I attended Indiana University (Bloomington Indiana is my home town, Go IU), majored in fine arts photography then switched to and graduated with a bachelors degree in art education with a minor in photojournalism.
Since moving to Utah in 1977 I have worked as a medical photographer at the University of Utah Medical Center, art director for Dream Garden Press and owner of Maire Graphics, a graphic design and photography business. Most recently I was co-owner of Main Street Photographer in Park City, Utah. But through it all, shooting landscape and travel photography was and continues to be my passion. While attending college my photographic heroes were Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Imogene Cunningham and Jerry Uelsmann. I was also greatly influenced by two of my photography professors, Henry Holmes Smith (fine art), and Wilmer Counts (photojournalism). Currently I find inspiration in Dewitt Jones, Art Wolf, Frans Lanting, Julieanne Kost and Trey Ratcliff.
I’m in love with the landscape and history of the West. All its beauty and ancient cultures hold a particular reverence that resonates with who I am. I enjoy sharing my excitement about photography and my hope is that you will get a feel for the places I visit and share my appreciation of them through the images I create.
Juried shows and Galleries:
Utah Wilderness 50 (2014)
9th Annual Park City Art Festival, 1979, Park City Utah
10th Annual Park City Art Festival, 1980, Park City Utah
Judged first place, University Landscape competition
“Nudes”, Parsons School of Design, SOHO Gallery NYC
Bruce Barnbaum juried show, Utah Museum of Natural History
Elliot Porter juried show, Utah Museum of Natural History
Phillip Hyde juried show, Utah Museum of Natural History
Cole Weston juried show, Kimball Art Center, Park City UT
George Tice juried show, Salt Lake Art Center, SLC UT
“Wild Lands” show, U.S. House of Representatives Rotunda, Washington DC
Numerous publications of the Museum of Northern Arizona
Three separate one-man shows, Hallside Gallery, University of Utah Medical Center
“Terravision” one-man show, Golden Braid Books, SLC UT
“Landscapes” one-man show, Art Works Gallery, SLC UT
One-man show, Rio Grande Restaurant (twice), SLC UT
One-man show, Park Café, SLC UT
One-man show, Lamb’s Grill Café, SLC UT
A few of Jim’s past clients:
Utah Travel Council
Moki Mac River Expeditions
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
St. Mark's Hospital
Ortho Graphics (Medical software company)
My Photography also hangs in many businesses and homes around the country.