Jimmy Longacre Master Signature
Master Signature Member AOT
Yes, it’s a thrill to paint the pictures, but it's important to me that my paintings engage you. I compose them with you in mind. Besides enjoying the scene, I hope the design and color will excite your senses, that the brushwork and the look of the paint will charm you. Ultimately, I want my paintings to offer you a gratifying and enduring enhancement of your daily environment.
We all bring personally diverse, yet humanly similar, emotional experiences to our perceptions. You may have a personal fondness for a particular view, but your subjective act of making closure on the unique harmonies, and contrasts that comprise it can evoke pleasurable connections on a deeper level of enjoyment.
I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism. Although my paintings are representational, based upon the things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of “reality” as I find it. My desire is to apply design and color to induce a more poetic experience that will resonate with inner feeling. I aim to manipulate the visual vocabulary of light, shadow and form in a way that touches intuition and emotion. My paintings call for your personal participation. My greatest satisfaction is in seeing them find a place with those who decide they want to live with them.
Jimmy Longacre was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1947. At an early age his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Through grade school he filled his notebooks with drawings of Davy Crockett, Superman, cowboys, Indians, horses, Disney characters, airplanes and spaceships, to share with his friends. Longacre graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, and then earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. Contrary to the predominant scholastic influence of the day, Abstract Expressionism, Longacre fed his artistic interests on paintings from the Golden Age of American Illustration and the American Impressionists. In following his early passion for these he enjoyed a career as a freelance illustrator and painter for twenty-five years. During part of that time Longacre taught drawing and painting while on the faculty of The University of Texas College of Fine Art. Today, Jimmy is a full time painter and lives with his wife on a hilltop in the Texas hill country, near Dripping Springs. He spends much of his time on frequent outdoor painting excursions gathering the experience and material for his studio compositions. He describes his evolving painting style as Subjective Realism.