James K. Vincent
I am a native of Riverton,WY. My grandfather was a homesteader in the Wind River country, near the Arapahoe and Shoshone Reservations. An appreciation for the land and it's beauty was developed on many "exploring trips" along the backroads of Wyoming with my father.
I have been fortunate enough to live two very different lives, the first in the high tech world of interventional cardiology and the second as a pastel artist. At age 20 there was a great debate about art verses medicine. Eventually medical school won the debate. Drawing continued as a hobby but my art became repairing obstructed arteries.
A year spent in Florence, Italy studying art and architecture changed my view of the world. It is now clear to me that I am an artist that became a physician. Over the past 15 years I have studied with Carolyn Thayer, Jeff Schaezle, Joe Trakimas, Loren Entz, Mike Caskey,Aaron Schuerr and G. Russell Case. An accomplished pastel artist, James LeBar, agreed to become a mentor and became an invaluable friend. Robert Tompkins has provided many insights into composition and design. Many artists have influenced my work including the French Impressionists, the California Impressionists - Wendt, Payne, Bischoff as well as Maynard Dixon, Charles Fritz, JimPoulson, the Canadian Seven, the Taos Society - Hennings, Higgins, Blumenshein etc.
My pastels have been sold to collectors in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, North Dakota,Colorado,California, Illinois, Louisiana and Nebraska. Pastels offer pure pigments in a sparkling array of colors and this works well with a somewhat abstract, impressionistic style.