When Jim Siemer discovered art as a student at Bishop Ready High School, he found a passion for watercolor that has taken him to heights of recognition and honor.
“I focus on trying to capture the beauty and splendor of places all over Ohio. I started with Lake Erie, but now I’m doing a lot in Columbus.”
Jim became inspired by nature early in life, from the Hocking Hills where his uncles built cottages to Middle Bass Island on Lake Erie where his father built yet another cottage.
“Ohio is beautiful. Sometimes I think people think they need to travel around, but we have so much here, the Hocking Hills, Lake Erie—I never run out of inspiration. I love to explore Ohio to find places to paint. The opportunities are endless.”
After graduating from the Ohio University and attending Columbus College of Design, as well as the Maryland College of Art and Design, Jim moved to Washington D.C. where he did political humor art. When he decided to move back to Columbus, he started focusing once more on painting Ohio scenes, many of which may be seen on his website, www.OhioArtwork.com.
“Coming back to Columbus gives you an appreciation for what a wonderful city it is. Columbus has changed so much, there’s so much to do. I’m inspired to capture different parts of the city and the surrounding area.”
Jim plans a large June exhibition of his paintings, 30 to 40 Lake Erie watercolors of shores and islands, at the Rhoads State Office Tower.
“It’s is a wonderful space. When designed, they had in mind with having art exhibits on the bare granite walls. It’s where people can see the Ohio Governor’s Arts award and many artist exhibits. I’m very honored that I’m allowed to exhibit in June.”
His art can be found in the Ohio State House Museum Gift Shop, North Market, Grandview, German Village. Also in 15 shops in Lake Erie. “My wife does nautical jewelry. We are a team. It’s become a thing my wife and I do in common. It’s very good for our relationship. We support and challenge each other.”
“I feel challenged to want to support other artists,” he says. As a board member on Ohio Citizens for the Arts, he helps promote art in Ohio and Columbus and is helping organize exhibition at Rhoads for Columbus artists celebrating Columbus, getting ready for the bicentennial next year.
Jim Siemer’s upcoming exhibits:
- April, 2011: Ohio Watercolor Exhibit at North Market
- April – September 2011: Celebrating the Beauty and Splendor of Lake Erie Shores & Islands at Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – West (call 800-441-1271 for exhibit hours)
- June 2011: Lake Erie Watercolor Exhibit at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower.
- August 2011: Lake Erie Watercolor Exhibit at Middle Bass Island Town Hall
- In addition, the Statehouse Museum Shop carries Jim’s watercolors and Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial posters. Open 9 AM to 5:30 PM and 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM Saturday, the Museum Shop is located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse and specializes in unique gifts with an Ohio or political theme. For more information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit www.OhioStateHouse.org