I paint simply because I enjoy it.
I love the process of painting, as well as the challenge and excitement of trying to produce a piece that will be pleasing to me and, hopefully, will also give enjoyment to others.
My working life was in education as a full-time primary school teacher. It was only in the last few years, when teaching part-time, that I started to paint more regularly.
Most of my work is with soft pastels and with acrylics, though I do also use oil pastels and pencils. I also enjoy experimenting with collage and mixed media. Though I dabble with a range of subject matter, my prime interest is painting portraits, figures and, occasionally, wild animals.
I have had no formal art training but, while living in Aylesbury, I worked for an extended time with a group of local artists from the Aylesbury Vale area who specialised in portrait painting.
I work mainly from both photographs and life as a springboard for my art work and I do undertake occasional commissioned work.
Further examples of my paintings may be viewed in Gallery 5 of the website:
Portrait of a Young Woman, Jim Dowton
Jim Dowton, House in the Hills (2)
Nude Female Seated, Jim Dowton
Jim Dowton, Reconstruction (abstract)
Taking It Easy in the Armchair, Jim Dowt
Jim Dowton Wolf - Wild & Free
Jim Dowton Industrial Derelict
Jim Dowton Rhino
Jim Dowton, Woman Crouching
Gymnast Jim Dowton
Loose Fruit Jim Dowton
Shells, Waves & A Rope, Jim Dowton
Squirrel, Jim Dowton
A Face of Afghanistan