James Potter, Maryville Member Since September 2007 Artist Statement Hi, My name is James Potter. I was born and raised in a little town called Maryville that sits in the big shadow of the great Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee. I'm 53 years old (I don't care to tell you) and I'm a self taught artist. I'm also a published song writer in Nashville TN, but painting is my passion. I do a lot of writing when I'm painting because it helps clear my mind of everything that I don't need to be thinking about when I writing. I hope that makes sense. You might say I studied art under the great teacher Mother Nature. I paint mostly landscapes and maybe a portrait every once in a while. For years I painted with oils until recently I discovered acrylics. Well, I don't claim to have discovered them. I just discovered that I like to really paint with them. I like the way they dry fast and how close they resemble oil. I like to paint from pictures since Mother Nature just wont hold still long enough to finish a painting. My wife and I will head up to the Smokies and just shoot pictures all day long until I find something I really like or think might make a good subject to paint. There are a lot of good artist that live in my area. To name a few of my favorite artist, Lee Roberson, Jim Gray and a lot more. The Smokies are a magnet that has attracted photographers and painters from all over the United States for years. I hope you enjoy looking at my art and maybe even purchasing a print. I just joined this art community at Imagekind so I'll be adding a lot more paintings soon. Thank you for looking at my art and if you buy a print or just move on I hope you have a very blessed day.