James Nelson Lewis

About the Artist


Jim has a BFA degree from Columbus College of Art and Design. His artistic influences range from Whistler to Wolf Kahn as well as many contemporaries in American painting. 

Lewis has years of professional experience as an illustrator, art director, designer, and university art instructor. 


His painting is influenced by his work as a designer, illustrator, and from years of painting and instructing watercolor. The result is a sense of order, balanced by spontaneity and energetic palette knife and brushwork, direct and intuitive. His recent paintings are mature yet fresh; a poetic synthesis of simplification and expression, allowing for abstract passages within subjective compositions.

“While art is often inspired by environment and relationship, it also may have the privilege of changing our environment, and our relationship with life and others. Art is capable of more than simply adding beauty to our life, but can change the way we think and feel, bringing an actual sense of refreshment, peace, joy or other expression within our soul.”

Sisters, oil

Sea Star, oil

Some Day, oil

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