A true work of art is but a shadow or divine perfection            Michelangelo 
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Jim Gola - Oil Painter
Welcome to my "Galleries Included on this web site are a few of my older artistic "accomplishments" coupled with my latest. The above quote bordering the word "accomplishments" indicate that the challenges are always greater when re-entering the fine arts arena after a long hiatus. Now after over forty plus years away from brushes and colors, it has taken longer than I had anticipated in finding the right groove in wielding a palette. I am currently greatly enamoured with landscape painting. Painting outdoors has been a real challenge to quickly lay in a landscape. Getting a painting blocked in quickly before the light moves to a new location in the sky seems to be the key. Artists who have influenced me in my “work” are mainly landscape painters of the late twentieth century. My top favourite is the late great American landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894). For the past twenty years I have ingested much of Inness’s work, both in studying his originals and in looking at reproductions in the many excellent publications that are available on his life and work. Hopefully my work incorporates just a hint of what I admire most in his work.