Painter, Architect, Abstract Artist, Woodworker -JW DESIGNS
Jim Wildman is a mixed media contemporary realist painter, sculptor, and master woodworker who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. For more than a decade Jim served as a member of the United States Marine Corp. He is a distinguished combat veteran. A graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Architecture. In addition, to painting Jim has a custom woodworking business, JWDesigns. His Works are both realistic portraits and abstracts. Signature series consists of unique Laser Engraved images, strong faces created with both palette knife and brush work. Sculptures are wood combines, 3D panels, and carvings. His works are sought after by architects, interior designers, and collectors worldwide.
JW Designs Custom Woodworking, Doors, Furniture, Beams, Cabinets, Counter tops, Art, Wall Decor. Our goal is to provide the finest handmade custom products, furniture and cabinetry using traditional methods along with today's technology to ensure the highest quality available. Superior craftsmanship working with architects, builders, interior designers and home owners. Claremore Oklahoma. Serving Green Country and ship anywhere.
Jim Wildman is multi-talented. A master woodworker, a fine furniture craftsman and a skilled artist.
His techniques are tried, tested and versatile.
ABSTRACT, PORTRAIT & ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE PAINTER
Jim Wildman has expanded his talents to include painting and sculpting.
Jim Wildman a trained architect moved easily into fine arts and painting. Architecture is at the heart of Wildman’s thinking as an artist.
JIM WILDMAN has maintained a lifelong fascination for the power of images and carries that thinking into his paintings.
His works are in the philosophy or style of ILLUSIONISM.
Illusionism in art history means the artistic tradition in which artists create a work of art that appears to share the physical space with the viewer. Wildman builds up cumulative layers of non-representational painting, beginning with brushing or laying in with a palette knife big swaths of primary color onto canvas. The paintings evolve in stages.
Creating new images by building layers and dragging wet paint into adjoining colors blurring and scraping to veil and expose prior layers.
Jim knowledge base is broad because of his extensive architectural and woodworking experience. He is an expert with hand tools and woodworking machines; he has a tool filled shop and knows how to tune a plane for top performance and can set up a table saw for complex cuts.
As a long-time woodworker he has built countless examples of doors, beams and cabinets and has created fine dovetailed casework drawers, tables. He takes pride in his craftsmanship. This is extremely evident in the furniture that he designs and builds.
“Rethink, reimagine, retool and invent new ways of doing things. Looking at life through a different lens often reveals new interesting solutions. Good architecture tells a story and engages the senses as does good painting.”ARTIST
"One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is idiocy."
"BEAUTY IS PRODUCED by the PLEASING APPEARANCE and GOOD TASTE of the WHOLE."
– MARCUS VITRUVIUS
JIM WILDMAN STUDIED TO BE AN ARCHITECT AND PRACTICED ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING BEAUTIFUL HOMES FOR MANY YEARS PRIOR TO MOVING INTO WOODWORKING AND FINE ART. THE SKILLS HE LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE PASS ON TO HIS CREATIONS TODAY.
Marcus Vitruvius was a philospher in the 1st century BC, in his writing work was literary, the only surviving book on architecture from classical antiquity: De Architectura, known today as The Ten Books on Architecture. Here he said perfect proportion existed in human design. His theory was human proportions and their relationship to architecture were referenced in his drawing of a man standing with his arms and legs outstretched in a circle and a square.
Leonardo da Vinci’s illustration of the Vitruvian Man serves as the foundation for much of the great architecture and art we see to this day. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the classical orders of architecture. Vitruvius determined that the ideal body should be eight heads high.
"I CONSIDER DESIGN, BALANCE AND PRINCIPALS OF PROPORTION IN ALL OF MY WORK." Jim Wildman
The notion that beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, as referenced in the quote above, is at the core of our design philosophy at JWD.
Jim Carl Wildman
Also known as James Carl Wildman
Lives in Claremore, OK
Used to live in Stillwater, OK, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, OK.