Meet Jim Daly

For Jim Daly there was no career choice; he had to paint. “I cannot not paint,” explains Daly. “Painting is who I am. It’s a sickness for which there is no cure…a deep emotional feeling that is with me always and for me there is no escape from it.” He paints from moving experiences or observations in everyday life, saying that he enjoys telling a story through his paintings, intentionally not giving away everything. “I don’t want to give to much to the viewer. It’s important to leave something to the imagination because then it involves people in the painting.

Painting primarily in oil, Daly’s canvasses have appeared in galleries around the United States. He has received numerous awards including the Favell Museum Western Heritage Award for excellence in the realistic and accurate portrayal of early Americana, several People’s Choice Awards from the Western Rendezvous Show, and additional People’s Choice Awards from the Masterworks in Miniature Show. His work has graced the covers of many magazines and books, including What Little Boys are Made of, My Loyal Friend, and Sugarbush Spring.

Information courtesy of Harvest House Publishers. Posted May 2003.

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