James Woodside

James Woodside is a plein air painter who finds himself attracted to remote, spectacular, and historically charged landscapes. Once he finds his subject matter, he renders it with a combination of raw energy and savvy intelligence that allows him to simplify and clarify his vision of the world without losing the physical sense of excitement of being in the field. Despite the geographic isolation of many of his subjects, however, Woodside says that remoteness is not the only excitement he seeks out. “I’m drawn to the drama and history of the landscape,” he explains. “It may sound romantic, but I like to paint in places where the historical power of the place doesn’t feel totally eclipsed by the present. Also, forms that are bold, unique, and undisturbed are a big attraction for me. In short, I need to be inspired by the place itself; perhaps I need to be a bit in awe of it.”