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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


May 29 – July 24, 2021

Jim Clements: Preserving the Old West

Jim Clements is an oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom – so it’s just natural that the wide open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas. My desire is to honor the spirit of the West in each painting I do.

Working in newspaper illustration and advertising over two decades kept his drawing skills honed, as well as in his free time continuously painting. “Observations of life, as well as painting from life, are critical to artistic advancement”, he explains. He also gratefully acknowledges the advice, instruction and encouragement of many of today’s best known oil painters throughout the years, who have been such an integral part of his own professional growth.





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