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James Kramer (b. 1927)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : AOA, NAWA

James Kramer was both an artist and architect until 1970 when he retired from being an architect to devote full time to his painting. Early in his career, Kramer was attracted to watercolor because he found an inner light there that could not be achieved with opaque media. He often carries one of his many watercolor boxes to record landscapes and street scenes, atmosphere and prevailing color. The sketches are references that recall the feeling of place when he works in larger format in his studio. Kramer finds a celebration of life in France that fills his sketchbooks: outdoor markets with vegetables and flowers, hillsides with vineyards and small farms, moss-covered fountains and sidewalk cafes. Rural France has not changed much in the hundred years since the Impressionists painted the landscapes and vignettes of ordinary life. He delights in the same visual surroundings and the innate feeling of respect for the past. Source

  • AOA = Artists of America
  • NAWA = National Academy of Western Artists
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