INSPIRATION

 

Inspired by local geography, neighborhoods and landmarks around his home on Whidbey Island, Washington - as well as subjects he finds on his travels - James seeks to paint the beauty he sees all around.

What really excites him is the effect of light - sunlight and shadow - and the colors that can be seen in shadows and reflected light if one looks closely.

 

 

 

PORTRAITS
 

James's portrait commissions have taken him across the United States and to England. His works include the official portraits of former Texas Governors Rick Perry and Ann Richards, which hang in the State Capitol in Austin, portraits for the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Texas Instruments and Frito Lay, as well as many portraits for families.

EXHIBITIONS

 

James's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including the Gallery Americana in Carmel, California; Galerie Kornye in Dallas and Galerie Kornye West in Fort Worth, Texas; Greenwich Workshop Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut; Steamboat Springs Art Museum in Colorado, Illume Gallery in St. George, Utah, Museum of American Illustration and The Salmagundi Club in New York City; and Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, Texas. He has taught and guest lectured at several colleges and universities and has given many private painting workshops.

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EDUCATION

1979-1982    ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, BFA
 

1972-1977    University of Texas at Arlington, BFA

EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE
2019  California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition -  Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA
2018  Oil Painters of America 27th National Exhibition - Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
2017   Oil Painters of America 26th National Exhibition - Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH 2
2017   California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition - Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
2017   Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, UT
2016   California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition - Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
2016   Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale , Az

2015   California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition - USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Virtuosos of the OPA - Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY

2015   Oil Painters of America Salon Show Juried Exhibition - Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL

2015   Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Wildhorse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2014   Hunting Art Prize Competition Finalist - Houston, TX

2014   Portrait Society of America International Competition Finalist - Washington, DC

2014   OIl Painters of America National Juried Exhibition - Bennington, VT

2013   Howard/Mandville Gallery 23rd Annual Invitational Small Works Show - Kirkland, WA

2013   Galerie Kornye West Fall invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX

2013    Society of Watercolor Artists International Juried Exhibition  -  Fort Worth, TX

2013    Galerie Kornye West Spring Invitational Show  -  Fort Worth, TX   

2012    Salmagundi Club 129th Annual Members Exhibition - New York, NY

2012    Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Gallery 1261, Denver, CO

2012    One Man Show “A Year In Fort Worth” - Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
2011    Salmagundi Club 128th Annual Members Exhibition - New York, NY
2011    Galerie Kornye West 10th Annual Invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX
2011    Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Devin Galleries Coeur d'Alene, ID
2011    Society of Watercolor Artists 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Fort Worth, TX
2011    Galerie Kornye West Spring Invitational Show -  Fort Worth, TX 
2010    Salmagundi Club 127th Annual Members Exhibition - New York, NY   
2010    Howard/Mandville Gallery 20th Annual Invitational Small Works Show -Kirkland, WA
2010    Oil Painters of America 19th Annual Juried Exhibition - Legacy Gallery, Scottscale, AZ
2010    Society of Watercolor Artists 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
2010    Salon International Juried Exhibition - Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2009    Howard/Mandville Gallery 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show, Kirkland, WA 
2009    Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Howard/Mandville Gallery -
Kirkland, WA

2009    Galerie Kornye Spring and Fall Group Shows -  Dallas, TX
2009    Galerie Kornye West 8th Annual Invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX
2008    Galerie Kornye West Group Holiday Show - Fort Worth, TX
2008    Charleston Art Auction - Charleston, SC
2008    Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Dana Galleries, Missoula, MN
2008    Galerie Kornye Spring and Fall Group Shows - Dallas,TX
2008    Galerie Kornye West 7th Annual Invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX
2008    Galerie Kornye West Fall Group Show - Fort Worth, TX
2007    Oil Painters of America 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition - 
Whistle Pik Galleries - Fredericksburg, TX

2007    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Washington, DC
2003    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Philadelphia, PA
2000    Oil Painters of America 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Gallery Americana - Carmel, CA
            New York Society of Illustrators Annual Juried Exhibitions 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33

AWARDS INCLUDE

 

2019    Oil Painters of America - Master Signature Division - Bronze Medal

2017    Portrait Society of America - Online Showcase - Finalist

2017    Oil Painters of America - Western Regional Exhibition - Award of Excellence

2015    RayMar Art Contest - Finalist

2014    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Finalist and Award of Excellence

2013    Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase - Silver Medal

2013    RayMar Art Competion  - Best of Show and Finalist

2012    Salmagundi Club, Salmagundi Club Purchase Prize

2012    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Top Ten Finalist and Honor Award

2011    Salmagundi Club, Margery Soroka Memorial Award for Watercolor
2011    Galerie Kornye West 10th Annual Invitational Show - People's Choice Award
2010    Portrait Society of America - Certificate of Excellence Award
2010    Society of Watercolor Artists - Honorable Mention
2009    Campfire USA Plein Air Paint Out - Second Place
2008    Campfire USA Plein Air Paint Out - Best of Show
2007    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - 
Certificate of Excellence Award

2003    Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - First Honor Award and People's Choice Award

            Gold and Silver Medals - New York Society of Illustrators
            Gold Medal - Dallas Society of Visual Communications
            Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals - Dallas Society of Illustrators

 


 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS INCLUDE

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Andlinger, New York, NY
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Bartlett, Philadelphia, PA
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brandt, Alexandria, VA
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beard, Atlanta, GA
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bell, Copell, TX
Mrs. Elizabeth Stevens Campbell, Little Rock, AR
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Davis, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Menard Doswell, Fort Worth, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dudley, Chevy Chase, MD
Mr. and Mrs. John duPont, Wilmington, DE
Dr. and Mrs. Greenberg, Florence, SC
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fowler, Lookout Mountain, TN
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Jones, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Jordan, Atlanta, GA
Brigadier General J. T. W. Landon, London, England
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Law, Fort Worth, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Murchison, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shelton, Pasadena, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Witt Stephens, Jr., Little Rock, AR

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Skilling, Houston, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Watson, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mrs. Alinda Wikert, Dallas, TX

 

​CORPORATE, INSTITUTIONAL AND
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS INCLUDE

Dresser Industries, Dallas, TX

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Frito Lay, Inc., Dallas, TX

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

PepsiCo Headquarters - Purchase, NY and Plano, TX
National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD
Saint Michael's Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX

Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
State of Texas, Official Portrait of Governor Rick Perry     and Governor Ann Richards, Austin, TX
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, TX

University of Southern California - Irvine, CA
USAA, San Antonio, TX

UT Southwestern - Clements University Hospital - Dallas, TX
 

PUBLISHED IN​
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

North Light Books, "Best of Portrait Painting"

International Artist Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine
Communication Arts Illustration Annuals
New York Society of Illustrators Annuals 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33

 

MEMBERSHIPS

California Art Club - Out of State Artist Member

Oil Painters of America - Master Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
Salmagundi Club - Artist Member

 

REPRESENTATION

Paula Kornye Tillman - Fort Worth, TX
Portraits, Inc. - New York, NY

Rob Schouten Gallery - Langley, WA
 

   COMMISSIONED PORTRAITS

 



I ​usually require a two- to three-hour session during which my client and I discuss our expectations for

the portrait.  We decide whether it will be formal or casual, indoors or outdoors and consider where it
will hang and what size the portrait will be.  I then take many photographs to use as reference for the painting.  
This sitting is typically held at my client's location.  After returning to my studio, I sort through the photographs and choose one or more that I feel will make a great portrait.  I email these  pictures to my client and upon selection of an approved image I begin painting the portrait.​



OIL PORTRAIT PRICES

 

                                                      CHILDREN               ADULTS

HEAD AND SHOULDERS . . . . . . . $12,000 . . . . . . . . . $15,000

 THREE QUARTER FIGURE.. . . . . . $18,000 . . . . . . . . . $22,000

FULL LENGTH FIGURE . . . . . . . . . $21,000 . . . . . . . . . $25,000

I also offer a small (14” x 11”) HEAD AND COLLAR for $5,000   (travel not included)

Travel and lodging are included in the regular portrait prices. Framing and shipping

expenses are in addition to the prices above.

PROCEDURE

The portrait sitting is usually held at my client’s location and may take two to three

hours. My client and I discuss whether the portrait will be formal or casual, indoors or

outdoors, where the portrait will hang and what size it will be. I then take many

photographs to use as reference for the painting. The client and I often review these

photos together at this time to choose the best poses. After final decisions are made I

then begin painting the portrait.

 (817) 937-7627  |  james@jamestennison.com 

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                       © 2019 James E. Tennison

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