Jim Singelis began his professional career designing scenery for theatre, film and print photography. After 20 years as a set designer, he reinvented himself as a computer programmer and moved from New York City to New Marlborough where he set up a home office.
In 2009, Jim was able to return to drawing and painting and since then he has been focused on the representation of the human face in both drawings and paintings. He calls it his obsession!
Although Jim has had little Fine Arts art education, he has a good foundation in the basics from his set design training and work; and credits the open studio life drawing classes at IS183 with reigniting his interest in art.
Jim shares a studio in Hartsville with his wife, Linda Skipper, a member of the Berkshire Pottery Tour.
We look at a person’s face and attempt to learn from it something about its owner. We look at a painting (abstract or figurative) and attempt to learn something about the painter. Both have arrived at their current condition over a period of time. Each is a layered record of thoughts and emotions, a visual history of something interior.
Each of my paintings is a diary, a recording of my countless attempts to make something interior visible. they are intended to be neither illustrations nor snapshots of emotional moments, but rather, histories of my interior cross-currents.
My paintings are a visual record of me. Self portraits? Maybe. Perhaps they are best described a visual essays, or perhaps obituaries.