A. James Lloyd, an American Artist
Jim attributes the appeal of his work to its exacting detail. "I've always considered my work to be very masculine. However I've received favorable response from both men and women."
Jim paints from his internal feelings. "Generally I see something, a scene, for a split second. Then I try to recreate the scene from memory. Photographs are helpful, but for me they don't really capture the moment. In that split second the lighting, the pose, everything can change."
Jim Lloyd, (aka A James Lloyd, Arthur James Lloyd, A J Lloyd), was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Jim Lloyd has never questioned his abilities as an artist, he never had the chance.
Art was such an inherent part of Jim's upbringing, that he can't recall a time when he wasn't practicing his craft. His father, who instructed art classes in their hometown of Oak Park, Illinois, encouraged Jim at an early age.
As he grew older, Jim continued his studies in various art courses. He studied several medium, but determined that watercolor would be his main means of expression. Though his skills were well developed, it would still be a few years before Jim pursued his craft professionally.
After high school, Jim, a Vietnam Veteran, served as a US Marine from 1963 to 1967.
He began his professional career as fine artist/naturalist in 1975. His first limited edition print, "The Lion & The Butterfly", was published in 1980 . His original watercolors and limited edition prints are parts of numerous public and private collections throughout the United States. Experience the emotions generated by his spirited and distinctive transparent watercolors.
"Furry, feathered friends inspire artist", written by Jim Kneiszel. Posted with permission by The Journal Times (Feb 5, 1990 Racine, Wis.)
BURLINGTON - From the windows of his art studio, Jim Lloyd can survey the hilly wooded terrain south of the city known as "The Knobs."
Chipmunks prance around, dancing on tree limbs stretched across his front lawn. Song birds perch in clusters around bird feeders, waiting for a chance to nose dive into their supper.
It's all very convenient that the creatures on the other side of the window pane just happen to be some of Lloyd's best models. Animals in the wild are Lloyd's inspiration for transforming blank sheets of paper into stunning portraits of outdoor life.
Lloyd has turned his passion for wildlife painting into a full-time job, riding a wave of recent animal art popularity in the United States. His watercolor scenes have been chosen four times for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art" Exhibitions that travels around the United States.
Lloyd and his wife, Jan have marketed prints of 11 of his painting since the early 1980s.
Lloyd has always enjoyed painting wilderness scenes, but the type of realistic, detailed work has not always been encouraged by art teachers. And there hadn't always been the growing market for selling wildlife art that exists today. "Growing up through school, if you did anything where you could tell what it was, you couldn't get a grade," Lloyd said.
So, the art student painted covered barns and outdoor scenes, but he didn't take them to his art classes.
Now Lloyd paints whatever he wants, and it sells much better that it could have several years ago. He credits a greater awareness of the environment and of endangered animal species for the rise in popularity he's seen in wildlife art over the past five or six years.
"The wildlife artists, in a big way do a lot to promote wildlife preservation. People are more aware of their surroundings. Unfortunately, most people don't realize how critical the balance of nature really is," Lloyd said.
His ability to paint the last details of a goose's feathering or to capture the personality of a hunting dog is the result of his own love for the outdoors and animals, Lloyd said. Some portrait artist know how to paint people, and some artists know how to paint animals, he said.
"To be a wildlife artist, you have to be more than a painter. You have to be a naturalist; you have to know what you're painting," he said.
Lloyd explained that to be accurate in detail, the artist needed to know where every bird's feather should be placed or the length of an animal's fur during each season.
Like people, animals have distinct personalities, Lloyd said. He is commissioned occasionally to paint someone's dog, and the owners never fail to recognize their own pet in the painting.
"A dog is not just a dog. They have a personality, just like people have their own facial expressions," he said.
He claimed to see the individual personalities in animals more than in people.
A painting of a Great Dane he had when he was a child is Lloyd's favorite piece of original art in the living room of his Civil War-era farmhouse. The portrait was done by his father, who was a Chicago-area art teacher. Also hanging on every wall of the room are Lloyd's original works, many of which are available in art prints.
On one wall is the original of his best-selling print to date. Entitled, "This Puddle's Mine!," it depicts a bold goose holding its ground before an Amish horse and carriage.
His other paintings available as fine art prints vary in subject from two pelicans to a black Labrador puppy with a duck decoy, to a pair of red woodpeckers he observed outside his living room window.
Lloyd's portrait of several Canada Geese, "Season's End," is touring the country with the "Birds in Art", show from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin considered the top bird-related wildlife art museum in the country.
The show's 60 prints are by artist from 13 countries, and it will make a stop in Milwaukee between July 12 and Aug 30 at Marquette University.