My friends know a bit about James Porter, but many of you know very little about the man behind the art.
Art was not my first love or my second, for that matter. I have degrees from Purdue University in Entomology and the University of Baltimore in Business. I had a thirty-year career as an Entomologist. That would be the study of insects, in case you are wondering. A bug man as it were. During that time I was also a farmer, photographer, and part-time opera singer. The one thing I was not, was an artist.
I entered the wonderful world of art one day while watching my talented daughter draw. I made the comment, "I wonder if I could paint?" She answered, "You are not getting any younger Dad." So I went to art school and found that God had given me another gift but did not tell me until I was 56 years old. I believe we are to develop God's gifts and share them with others.
I try to make art that hopefully connects positively to the viewer in some way. I paint subjects I like and enjoy. Perhaps you, the viewer, can find something in my paintings that stirs an emotion and brightens your day. If so, drop me an e-mail. I would love to know what you see in my work. It gives me much joy to paint and I am humbled when you decide to make it your own.