Making Glastonbury, Connecticut his home, Jim Magner creates energy-filled marine paintings of the New England coast in oil and watercolor. Jim’s lifelong love for the ocean and its shoreline began with summers spent as a child on Cape Cod and expanded with sailing and navigating the waters of the East Coast. “I have been fortunate to witness firsthand the many changing faces the ocean presents as the light and water interplay with the atmospheric conditions. The ever-changing shoreline is a constant source of inspiration.”
Jim is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, MA, class of 66, and studied at the University of Hartford Art School and the Boston Institute of Architecture. Jim’s professional studies, as well as his great appreciation of French and American Impressionism, provided him with a firm foundation in the fundamentals necessary to create his vibrant and expressive paintings.
As a professional artist, Jim devotes all his time to painting marine related subjects and exhibiting. His work is in private collections in the United States and abroad and is currently represented by galleries in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Florida.
Signature Member American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA); Salmagundi Art Club, NY, NY; Elected Artist Member – Lyme Art Association; July 2006, Best in Show, 13th Annual Maritime Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; July 2005, Directors Award - 12th Annual Maritime Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; 2004 & 2007 Allied Artist of America Annual Juried Exhibition held at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY; 2004, 2008 American Society of Marine Artists Regional shows, Cape Cod Museum of Art and Cultural Center. He has been exhibiting at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT in the annual “International Marine Art Exhibition”, “The Modern Marine Masters” show, the annual “Plein Air Painters” and “Holiday Miniature” exhibits since 2003.