“I’d like to think it’s a story worth telling; the context of my career—any artist’s career—says a lot about how we make hard choices about how we will live our lives.” James W. Voshell After three years including dozens of biographical interviews, research of over 300 newspaper and magazine articles, and archival preparation of nearly 250 images, a new book, James W. Voshell: His Life and Art, is nearly ready to go to press. This beautiful, 272 page, full-color, “coffee table” sized volume tells the complete story of Jim’s life and career—from his boyhood on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to his urban period in Baltimore City and through to his present life with artist Lynne Jones in Parkton, Maryland. For those who know of Voshell’s enduring vocation as one of Maryland’s premiere, photo-realist painters as well as for those who are new to his work, this is a definitive biography and catalogue guaranteed to illuminate the life of a painter whose vision and commitment have spanned nearly six decades.
Above: Indian Corn, copyright 2009. Below: The Checker Players, wall mural, 1976, painted with assistant Pontella Mason
About the Author
William M. Waters taught English, creative writing, and journalism for 43 years. He spent the beginning of his career in West Baltimore at the original Frederick Douglass High School, in the same building where Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, and jazz singer, Cab Calloway graduated from the Baltimore City Public Schools. He later taught for two decades at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, MD, and then retired after 17 years at The Bryn Mawr School of Baltimore. He wrote frequently about the Baltimore arts scene in the 70s and 80s, including articles about painters Grace Hartigan, Raoul Middleman, and many others. Here he returns to a favorite subject. James W. Voshell: His Life and Art is his first book. He lives with his wife in Norrisville, MD.
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