Jim Wilcox2018 NWR Merit Award for “WINTERS FINAL FLING”

Since 1969, Jim has painted extensively, both in his home area of Jackson Hole and in many places throughout the world. Through his art career, he has been able to both live in and visit his favorite places and call it work to express in paint the beauty that surrounds him. Living and painting in Jackson was also a great place to raise his family and enjoy the beauty of nature and the activities that it provides. In 1969 he and his wife, Narda, started their first art gallery, and they now own two galleries, the Wilcox Gallery and Wilcox Gallery II which are managed by two of their sons, Jeff and Eric.

Jim’s career developed quickly over the years, but his inventive mind was active as well, as he designed and produced the Soltek Easel, on the market since 1999, which has been a great satisfaction to him and a delight to the artists that have enjoyed using it.

Jim continues to be fascinated by light, which he has always considered to be his primary subject, regardless of what it enhances. Though realistic in his painting technique, the beautiful abstract patterns that he finds in nature continue to be an important part of his work. The changing qualities of light and abstract patterns combine with bold, painterly brush work to be a part of his unique vision of the world – the world as seen through the eyes of an artist.