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Well after a very, very long hiatus from Deviant art due to multiple sources i finally plan on making my triumphant return this year.  More art, more pieces and more comment should be in my game plan as i tackle the online world or art media and friendships.  Anywho im sorry to all those that i have been gone from and hope to be more active in the days to come! :)

Artist Statement

The art I produce has a multitude of places of inspiration and influence and has ever been shifting and changing with time and practice.  I feel that I have not yet developed a distinctive style but I do believe I have reoccurring themes in my work that helps define me.
I do my work to fulfill an inner desire to create images I see in my mind.  I feel the need to express awe inspiring emotions with detailed, realistic creations of art.  A lot of my art tries to define who I am and who I want to be.  I am obsessed with the obscure fantasies of art and it comes out in a lot of my pieces.  My choice of media is often influenced by my skill in the media and how I feel it would best convey the emotion I am seeking.  I feel that my most skilled media is black and white pencil/charcoal illustrations.  I feel I have a strong concept of light and how it influences our perceptions of reality.  
Often the themes of my work are related to personal experiences that had happened close to the creation of a piece.  I also derive a lot of my pieces from sayings, songs, and scriptures.  In my work one may be able to see a progression of thought and change as I have advanced through the years.
My current work is varied and rather undirected to any one source of inspiration.  I have my Blooms of Nations series in progress in which I am capturing a nation's spirit with an illustration of the nations symbolizing flower and a blade that originated in the region.  But I am also currently working on several black and white pieces with strong figurative ties to them while improving my pencil techniques.  And yet again I am working on other pieces that are very technically based on skeletal studies of Dinosaurs and recreating their form based on fact more than artist creativity.  
Overall I am challenging myself to grow in my artistic abilities; I am really stressing my skills at realism and studying life to see how I may use it in my own art.  I feel as I progress I am getting closer and closer to a style that is unquestioningly mine.  A mix of realism and stylized life portrayed in epic scenes of light and dark, life and death, love and hate, dualities at their best.


Name:  James Skinner
  • Listening to: Iced Earth, Framing Armagedon
  • Reading: The Crow
  • Watching: Tokyo Underground
  • Playing: Halo 3
  • Eating: Tatortots
  • Drinking: Tea


Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am an Art Teacher in the great state of North Dakota, living and working around snow and wind, I am working on realizing a professional career with my own independent art as well.

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CurlyWurly808 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave!
iara-art Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the watch :)
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