The oldest of nine children, Jim Holehouse was born in the town of Coshocton, Ohio in 1950. Although interested in fine arts from a young age, he decided to pursue an education in engineering, and later attended the University of Cincinnati. During the grueling winters, Jim had a vision of sunshine, palm covered beaches, and tropical windsÖ the time had come to leave the Midwest behind. Jim relocated his life to south Florida, where he attended the Gold Coast sailing school, and then began teaching sailing. As a result, he wound up chartering many trips to the Caribbean and South America. It was during this time that he began an endless fascination with the tropical destinations, the sea, and surrounding architecture. He began working in the watercolor medium, attempting to capture the vivid color, emotion, and spontaneity of the tropics. And all who are familiar with Jimís work will attest that he has indeed captured that feeling in nearly thirty years of original works. By 1976, Jim and his brothers John and Tom had founded Tropic Art Design in Orlando, FL, handling all publishing and distribution, framing, and shipping of Jimís fine prints and originals to a worldwide audience. And since its inception, Tropic Art has grown to be a fixture in the central Florida art community, one of very few must-see galleries in the area. Jimís work has been sold and collected for nearly thirty years, and the value of the paintings from this master watercolor artist has increased along with his growing popularity.
amount of work and
thought it takes to create one original is astounding. Here we see a
pre-sketch of work in progress. Pictures are taken of the landscape,
ideas are drawn out, sketches are made time and time again, a final
image is growing, and an imagination is born again.
After all the pre-planning, the paint comes out and the hard work of laying out an idea becomes a spectacular rendering of things past, present, and a hopeful future.
"Eau Gallie Harbor"