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A B O U T  ME 

Me Painting at Mt. Shuksan Sept.

Photo by Rob Weiss

J I M  L A M B

Photo by Ned Mueller

Jim Lamb was born in Hamilton, Montana and grew up in the Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest.  Having parents who appreciated art and the beauty  of nature instilled in Jim from an early age the desire  to create artwork.  The family often made trips to the  Frye Art Museum in Seattle, where Jim was exposed  to the representational interpretations of many of the  great German landscape painters of the past century.   Their use of color and the handling of light intrigued  the young artist and had a direct influence upon  his  interest in one day depicting the landscape in oil on  canvas.   


In Southern  California he slowly  began to  build  his  reputation as  a freelance  illustrator,  while  taking courses  at the Art Center College of Design in  Los  Angeles.  But  Jim’s  long-held  interest  in  the  landscape  remained with him over the years,  and he  made  the  decision  to  pursue  the  painting  of  the  landscape.  Lamb’s entire illustration career was built  around  working  from  photographs,  so  the  idea  of  working from life, with all the challenges presented by  nature made him realize that he was going to have to  learn how to paint, and paint more rapidly.  It was an  awesome challenge.  He took several workshops from  leading  contemporary  landscape  painters,  which  proved to be invaluable in  his  desire  to pursue  the  direct  depiction  of  nature. 

In 1991 Lamb was chosen Artist of the Year for the nationally recognized Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. His work was also selected for the National Birds in Art Show which traveled to Japan and can be seen in North Light's book, The Best of Wildlife Art. The US Postal Service has included Jim's work in a show at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts displaying the best of 40 years of U.S. stamp designs, and the exhibition traveled to several other museum venues in the US. Jim is a member of the California Art Club, and has exhibited his work in the Club’s annual prestigious Gold Medal Exhibition, the Pleinair Washington Painters, and the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists.  In 2008 Jim was awarded the merit award by his peers at the Rendezvous Show for his painting, APPROACHING THUNDER.  His work has graced the cover and was featured inside the May 2010 issue of Southwest Art magazine, as well as in the February 2001 issue. The February 2009 issue of Art of the West magazine also featured his work.  Lamb has exhibited, beginning in 2001, at the historic Laguna Art Museum for it's annual Invitational Plein Air Painting Competition held each October, and has been honored with several one man shows at his California galleries as well as a year-long exhibition of his NW paintings in the Governor’s Mansion gallery in Olympia, Washington.​ He is the only living Washington artist whose work has been selected to be a part the permanent collection of the Governor's Mansion fine art collection. 

In addition to his fine landscape paintings being included in private collections throughout the United States, Lamb's work has literally been seen around the world in the form of limited edition prints, collectible plates, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, apparel, U.S. postage stamps, sculptures, and many other forms.


                                  Jim's landscapes are currently represented by the

         Dawson Cole Fine Art Galleries in Laguna Beach, Palm Desert & Carmel, CA.

Copyright © 2023 by JIM LAMB

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