10 year old oil painter
|"THE POWER OF THE BRUSH"
|"I was instantly addicted to art in a kindergarten class, There I was introduced to
finger painting. It was truly an eye opening experience that I will never forget
watching the bright colors blend as soon as they touched,
thus creating a prism effect all by itself, from a single drop of water".
In Junior High School, James entered a student poster contest "Keep New York City Clean" he did and won 1st Place.
His teachers encouraged him to take the art test, required to enter the High School of Art & Design, in New York City.
There he studied Commercial Art, Illustration, & Animation.
After Graduating, he enrolled in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after serving 4 years
Taking advantage of his G.I. Military Bill Benefits, James, continued his art education, enrolling in the Albert Pel's School of Art, also in NYC,
studying Commercial Art / Illustration, Paste-up & Advertising Design.
James joined ranks with the New York City Department of Correction as a NYC Correction Officer.
In that position he used his artistic ability to teach art to incarcerated inmates on Rikers Island and 5 borough detention facilities
throughout the NYC area.
|Title Church Murals
Central Avenue Mural
|Title: The Dancer at the Jazz Mural
|Title: Murals in a Row
|Title: Jazz Mural
The East Tampa Art Murals
Thanks to the Hillsborough Arts Council
The East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership
Aesthetics & Beautification -Sub-Committee.
Denese James, Chair
James Vann, Co-Chair
|Title: Tribute to the Black Foot Patrol