Jim Pittman

Jim Pittman was born in Wakefield, Virginia.  He has a B.A. degree in Art History from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  He taught art and founded the art departments for two high schools in Tidewater Virginia. He continued his education with summer studies in Italy, Spain and watercolor

workshops on the coast of Maine.  A traditional watercolorist for many years, a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon inspired him to work with more color and texture.  He is now working in acrylic on canvas.  His colors are those of the earth colors of the Southwest.  The Denver Art Museum acquired one of his canyon series for their permanent collection of Contemporary Art.  Pittman is a signature member of the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, and the National Watercolor Society.   He divides his time between Boulder, Colorado and coastal Virginia.  




My work has been described as color field.  I think of them as minimal landscapes. I am influenced by the great plains and high deserts of the American Southwest.  When walking through the canyons, I see form, shape, line and texture as revealed by light and color.  I translate this to canvas using acrylic paint applied intuitively and moved around with scrapers, knives, fingers, sticks etc.   My work is not site specific, but I do relate to certain canyons and colors.  I paint my remembered impressions and attempt to create the mystery of ancient places and the passage of time, weather and man.  Edges, texture and surface are important elements of my work.  I layer, dig and scratch the painting to convey the vastness of the prairie or confines of the canyons.  I want my work to be spontaneous, spare and luminous. 



College of William and Mary   B.A. Degree, Art History, 1958   

Virginia Commonwealth University Education Certificate, 1965

Old Dominion University   

Art in Italy, Summer Program, 1972   

Art in Spain, Summer Program, l973 




Best of Watercolor 2, 1997  

Best of Watercolor: Color, 1997 

Best of Watercolor: Texture, 1997          




Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA  

Juried Biennial, 1988, 1992      

Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA 

Southern Watercolor Society   

Deland Museum, Deland, FL   

Southeastern Watercolor, 1995   

Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO   

Rocky Mountain National     1994, 1996, 1997, 2001    

National Watercolor Society   1996, 1997, 2001, 2002    

American Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, 2002 

Markowitz Gallery, Boulder, CO  2004, 2005 

Brazos Gallery, Taos, NM   2006   

Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL  2008  

Blink Gallery, Boulder, CO  2006, 2007, 2008 

Mary Martin Gallery, SC   2009, 2010

Art+Soul Gallery, Boulder, CO    2011, 2013, 2016 

Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston, SC 2016



Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO   Permanent Collection, 2003

Ethyl Corporation, Richmond, VA  

Mobius Venture Capital, CO   

Carpenter Corporation, Richmond

Neil Diamond, Los Angeles, CA

Charles and Jeanette White  

Southwest Art Collection, IL    

Zell Family Collection, Chicago IL

Michael Meyers, Denver, CO    

Brad Feld, Boulder, CO

SAS, Cary, NC      

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