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Smokey Sunset and Sentinel Rock from the 4-mi Trail by James McGrew Merced Lake Juniper by James McGrew Bridalveil Fall and Leaning Tower by James McGrew
Merced Lake Juniper
Price: $900.00
Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
Morning on the Shores of May Lake by James McGrew Half Dome Peering into the Shadows by James McGrew Spring's Splendor, Yosemite Falls by James McGrew
Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
Summit Meadow Wildflowers by James McGrew Light and Shadow at Vogelsang by James McGrew Full Moon and Lightning over StarrKing and The Buena Vista Crest by James McGrew
Original Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
Soft Sunrise over Half Dome by James McGrew Before the Dance by James McGrew Vernal Fall by James McGrew
Before the Dance
Price: $1,900.00
Vernal Fall *SOLD*
Price: $2,100.00
Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
Yosemite Falls by James McGrew Valley View, Sunset, Yosemite by James McGrew Half Dome Peering into the Shadows by James McGrew
Yosemite Falls *SOLD*
Price: $2,700.00
Ahwahnee
Price: $6,500.00
Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
First View of the Valley of Ahwahnee by James McGrew El Capitan's Firefall (Horsetail Fall) by James McGrew Grandeur Revealed by James McGrew
Grandeur Revealed
Price: $11,800.00
Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board Original painting Original en Plein Air Oil on Linen on board
Dance of Pohono by James McGrew
Dance of Pohono
Price: $26,500.00
Original painting
   
 

From his earliest childhood memories, James McGrew remembers his inspiration to draw/paint and photograph the beautiful world of the Western U.S. His family camping/backpacking trips to Yosemite, Tahoe, Trinities, Southern Oregon and the Coast were a major influence. Though he began with watercolors, gouache, pencils and crayons, he quickly picked up pastels at the age of 8 and oils by age 10. He grew up with a love of nature, sports and performing arts.

Today those all influence his painting and photography which goes beyond creating pretty representations. James explains: "I strive to interpret nature with my brush, not merely copying a scene but rather conveying the feelings, emotions, weather, light, energy, movement of an experience. I want the viewer to feel the wind, moisture, sunshine of the elements and feel the excitement or relaxation I felt while painting on location. I hope my works inspire others to love and protect our landscape/wildlife and cherish our valuable human interrelationships with each other and the environment."

James frequently visited Yosemite National Park since he was just 4 months old and today its his primary subject and inspiration. He has worked as a summer seasonal Yosemite naturalist since 1996, teaching and inspiring groups on week-long backpack trips, evening programs and hikes. He backpacks several hundred miles a year; always with a pochade box and tripod. James works in his Oregon studio for much of the year, but prefers to get out and paint direct from life in the fresh air, with rugged hikes, and rapidly changing light and weather that makes plein air painting so challenging and rewarding. When not traveling to a national park, he often hikes around his own neighborhood for inspiration. "I'm fortunate that my studio is just a short walk from home and sits on the slope of an old shield volcano with walking paths leading to views of Mounts Hood, Adams, Rainier, St. Helens, and the Coast Range. I can find a painting within just a 20 min walk."

McGrew's award winning artwork hangs in collections around the world and has shown in top competitions, museums and galleries including many solo shows. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and the California Art Club. With a strong science background, James has a unique level of understanding of his subject matter. In addition to degrees in biology, chemistry and geology, his master's thesis (environmental education) focused on the role of art in Yosemite's preservation as the foundation of our National Parks. He has presented as a keynote speaker at major science, art, and education conferences including the Artists Impressions of California Conferenc and will present at the 2016 Plein Air Convention in Tucson AZ..

James paints en plein air and later orchestrates his field studies with photography and strong visual memory to create his refined studio paintings. Such works often tell stories or serve as complex metaphors. His style is most influenced by a combination of the Hudson River School, California Impressionists and French Impressionists, and Romantics.
Participants on his programs say his love and enthusiasm for nature is contagious. His inspirational teaching styles reach a broad audience as he interweaves art and science in an entertaining manner that people easily understand.
In all his artwork, James uses highest quality materials and time tested techniques coupled with modern technology for museum quality. James resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his family and especially enjoys painting, hiking, exploring and fly fishing along side his two talented daughters.