About Jim Gensheer
When it comes to painting, Jim Gensheer considers himself to be an abstract realist. “Given that I try to let the viewer enter my paintings with their own feelings,” he says, “believing that what I’ve left out of the painting is as important as what I’ve put in it.” Jim believes the viewer will ‘fill in the blanks’ on their own, becoming a part of the painting. “Painting represents a way for me to pause time and re-live a moment,” Jim continues. “Time no longer exists, and if I can get the viewer to pause and think- I’ve been there, I’ve felt that… then I have done what I should have as an artist.”
Jim has been teaching art classes since 1985. Formerly a long-time resident of Georgia, Jim taught at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta for ten years. Simultaneously, he would also teach summer workshops for the Allied Arts Summer Art Programs in Milledgeville. Jim enjoys teaching artists of all ages and experience. During the 1990s Jim taught Art at Aquinas High School and Westminster Preparatory School when he wasn’t in the classroom at the Gertrude Herbert Institute. Never tiring of the call to teach, he also held regular workshops in his Augusta studio instructing up to 40+ students each week.
Now in New Mexico, Jim teaches workshops in his new studio in Santa Fe, the artistic epicenter of the American Southwest. If you are in town, do stop by the studio. Click here for a schedule of ongoing classes. Also, Jim Gensheer teaches the annual watercolor workshop in France, introducing art students to an unforgettable week of beauty in the unassuming town of Mézin. Click here to learn how to register for this unique workshop abroad.