Chinatown at Night
Urn at Palace of Fine Arts by Jim Marxen
Financial District by Jim Marxen
Jim Marxen, Haven
Jim Marxen, Western Slope at Sunset
Jim Marxen, Precipitous Drop into Pacific
Painting is what I do and I really can’t explain it or explain why. I like to put paint on things. I can’t help myself.
Many artists can cite influences or mentors. I didn’t have any. I respect anyone who’s tried to paint. I may not like the painting, but I respect that someone had the passion and desire to paint. I incorporate aspects of styles from other artist, but even then I adapt and change it to create my own style. With little formal training, all I can do is absorb from others and learn through trial and error.
It’s taken a long time for me to be comfortable enough to show my work. I’m not completely happy with it, just comfortable. Maybe I never will be happy with my paintings, but as the saying goes, it’s the journey that counts.