Pastel painting of a huge tree looking up the trunk

Sycamore Tree
By Jim Hallenbeck
16 x 12 in.
Pastel on Paper Board
Price: $1,000
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Primarily an oil painter, Jim began using soft pastels in 2020 as the urging of his friend and mentor Albert Handell. One of Jim’s favorite subjects to paint are trees and he came across this large sycamore tree in North Carolina. Jim provides a unique perspective as he leads the viewer’s eye up the tree and toward the sky.

Sycamore Tree has been juried into 4 national exhibitions including Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Color Online Juried International Exhibition (Sept 2020), Peninsula Art League (Gig Harbor, WA) Open Juried Show (Oct 2020), American Artists Professional League (AAPL) 92nd Grand National Exhibition Salmagundi Club NYC (Nov 2020), and the American Impressionist Society Associate Members Only Juried Exhibition (April 2021). The painting won the Claude Parsons Memorial Award at the AAPL Exhibition in the Pastels category.

Jim is a studio artist at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America, and an Elected Associate Member of the AAPL.

Jim is a retired IBM VP and has a B.S. in Art Education (FIU Miami, 1979). After a successful 35-year career, Jim has dedicated himself to being an artist — his dream and passion fulfilled. Jim’s reentry has included workshops with AIS signature and master artists such as Nicole Kennedy, Dan Beck, Dawn Whitelaw and 8 workshops with his friend and mentor AIS/OPA/PSA master Albert Handell.

Jim’s approach is to represent each subject in his unique colorful narrative. Jim hopes to trigger an emotion or spark a memory that resonates on a very personal level with the viewer.

Gallery Representation
Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Mattie King Davis Gallery, Beaufort, NC
Bel Air Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC

You can contact Jim via email at [email protected] or phone 919-917-3394