In his studios in Connecticut, and Chatham, Massachusetts, James Magner creates marine paintings focusing on coastal scenes. Inspired while sailing and navigating the waters of the East Coast, Jim has observed firsthand the many changing faces the ocean presents as the light, sands and water react to the ever changing environment. As an avid Plein Air painter, Jim is inspired by the dramatic late day light on the sand dunes and marshes along the shore as he travels throughout this country and abroad.
Jim graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and studied at the University of Hartford Art School and Boston Institute of Architecture. Jim’s professional studies, as well as his great appreciation of French and American Impressionism provide him with a firm foundation necessary to create his vibrant and expressive paintings.
As a professional artist, James devotes all his time to painting and exhibiting. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Arts (ASMA); Elected Artist Member of the Copley Society, Boston, MA; Elected Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NY; Elected Artist Member of the Allied Artists of America and Elected Artist Member of the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT and he is a Core Artist at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
Jim has also won numerous awards including Academic Artists Association, Top Award for Oils; The 2016 Academic Artists Association Honor Award. Connecticut Academy of Fine Art; Presidents Award Salmagundi Art Club NYC, 2015; Martin Hanna Award for Outstanding Work; Salmagundi Art Club NYC, 2014 William Merritt Chase Award for Oils; Allied Artist of America, 2014 Alden Byron Memorial Award Medal for Traditional Landscape; Granby Land Trust Plein Air Painting competition, Emery Award 2012, 2014; Gene Magazzini Memorial Award for Traditional Oil, 2012; Salmagundi Art Club National Exhibition, NYC, 2012; Best of Show, 13th Annual Maritime Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; Directors Award, 12th Annual Maritime Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; Hull Award, New Haven Paint and Clay Juried Show.