From The Artist
“Hello, and thank you for taking the time to visit my online gallery. Whether you are familiar with my work or you’ve found me for the first time, I look forward to connecting with you and sharing my art. Being able to capture beauty and share it with others is one of my favorite things about being an artist, so I hope that you will experience beauty here today.”
James Redding, a popular landscape artist, is well known for the intricate detail and unmistakable realism found in his paintings. Never content to just create an attractive picture, Redding strives to capture and express the unique character of his subjects through a careful balance of composition, color, lighting, and mood. Admirers of James’ work delight in spending time studying his pieces and searching out treasures not immediately obvious to the eye.
James’ approach to art is uniquely his own, and it can best be described as the combination of vision and preparation. This approach lends itself well to depictions of historical landmarks, for which James has a deep appreciation. His subject matter also includes still life, florals, and simplistic nature scenes found in the rich tapestry of the countryside.
Recently, James has expanded his repertoire from watercolors to include acrylics on canvas. Although he continues to paint in the detailed style his followers are accustomed to, James has found that the medium of acrylic offers him the freedom to explore the brilliance of color hidden within his palette.
James was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and moved to historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1984. He and his wife, Mary, recently began a new adventure with their move to Franklin, Tennessee in 2015.
Thoughts From James
On expanding his repertoire from watercolors to acrylics:
“Acrylics, unlike oils, dry quickly and retain their vibrancy. This quality lends itself to canvas and is such a unique form of expression. Painting on canvas is a fresh new way to interpret the medium.”
“The piece ‘Serenity’ took shape in the soft light of a dewy morning when I stumbled across a lovely scene on a country road. I knew immediately that I had to paint the scene in front of me. My artistic interest is always captured by what I see and hope to recreate in my work. In this particular piece, I found it challenging to capture the mood created by the delicate play of light at the end of the road mixed with the hazy morning dew. I have found that some of the most inspiring times of the day for a landscape artist are dawn and dusk.”
“Many times when I begin a new work, I can envision the completed picture before the first brush stroke. I usually research the scene long before I make the decision to paint it.”
On painting historical scenes:
“I truly enjoy painting these buildings because it allows me to be a part of the conservation of these historical treasures.”