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, he was urged to enter a student poster contest "Keep New York City Clean" 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 Benefits, James, continued his art education, enrolling in the Albert Pel's School of Art, also in NYC.
There he studied Commercial art & Illustration.
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 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
Media/ Press Coverage
|See: James Vann Special
WEDU PBS ARTSPLUS #426
click link above
|Title: Tribute to the Black Foot Patrol