JAMES WHITE

April 12, 2020
Following Concert featuring Windsync & Ivan Trevino

Art exhibits are held in conjunction with concert receptions across the street in Stormes Parish Hall following concerts.

 

 

           JAMES WHITE

April 12, 2020
Following Concert featuring Windsync & Ivan Trevino

Art exhibits are held in conjunction with concert receptions across the street in Stormes Parish Hall following concerts.

 

James White

James White was born October 12,1959 in St.Augustine, Florida. From a very young age, James said he was going to be an artist when he grew up. James spent all his free time fishing and hunting. Sometime he’d just walk in the woods. Nature’s world was, and still is, fascinating to him. In the woods he’d sometimes just sit and daydream.

James’ parents were hard working blue-collar folks and work ethics were drilled into the young boy. Especially art. James’ parents supported their son’s love for art. His father built an art table for James. But if James was to be an artist, then he would have to work hard and study hard.

His folks knew they didn’t have the resources for a college education but James had an uncle who was a very successful illustrator. Uncle Elmo worked for MGM Studios, Walt Disney, the U.S. Division of Forestry, and many other organizations.

James’ dad was going to go to art school like his older brother, but the family fell onto hard times. George, James’ father, joined the Army during the peak of WWII. His tour of duty took him to horrific places and when his son was born, he was determined that his son would have a better life than he did.

Uncle Elmo would visit St. Augustine and spend much of his time with young James. He taught James and helped purchase art supplies. James loved his uncle and his dad and tried very hard to please him with his work. And they were pleased. As James grew up he seemed to find spiritual enlightenment through the process of plein air painting. The Whites were very religious but all the stained glass and sermons couldn’t bring the young man to his knees like a beautiful sunset could. Open prayer was, and still is, as much a part of painting as mixing colors.

According to James, he is not formally educated but owes a great deal to artists such as Emmett Fritz, Jean Troemel and others, for their collective knowledge.

Daniela Liebman

James White

James White was born October 12,1959 in St.Augustine, Florida. From a very young age, James said he was going to be an artist when he grew up. James spent all his free time fishing and hunting. Sometime he’d just walk in the woods. Nature’s world was, and still is, fascinating to him. In the woods he’d sometimes just sit and daydream.

James’ parents were hard working blue-collar folks and work ethics were drilled into the young boy. Especially art. James’ parents supported their son’s love for art. His father built an art table for James. But if James was to be an artist, then he would have to work hard and study hard.

His folks knew they didn’t have the resources for a college education but James had an uncle who was a very successful illustrator. Uncle Elmo worked for MGM Studios, Walt Disney, the U.S. Division of Forestry, and many other organizations.

James’ dad was going to go to art school like his older brother, but the family fell onto hard times. George, James’ father, joined the Army during the peak of WWII. His tour of duty took him to horrific places and when his son was born, he was determined that his son would have a better life than he did.

Uncle Elmo would visit St. Augustine and spend much of his time with young James. He taught James and helped purchase art supplies. James loved his uncle and his dad and tried very hard to please him with his work. And they were pleased. As James grew up he seemed to find spiritual enlightenment through the process of plein air painting. The Whites were very religious but all the stained glass and sermons couldn’t bring the young man to his knees like a beautiful sunset could. Open prayer was, and still is, as much a part of painting as mixing colors.

According to James, he is not formally educated but owes a great deal to artists such as Emmett Fritz, Jean Troemel and others, for their collective knowledge.

Daniela Liebman