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Ralph Grady James


About the Artists:

Ralph Grady James has always loved the natural habitat of the Carolinas and feels fortunate to live close to both the Appalachian Mountains and the Outer Banks. He grew up roaming the woods and fields of his family farm near the Yadkin River, observing wildlife in the seasonal changes. Grady’s passion for ecology, his attention to the intricacies of each feather in his shore bird compositions and his compassion for humanity shine in his masterful paintings. The encouragement and challenge of working with local artists in a weekly drawing group with Scott Burdick and Sue Lyon has inspired Ralph to continue to stretch his ability.
James says,"In some way, our identity in life is determined by what and how we communicate with our world. Painting is one of the ways I use to reflect what is within me and also interact with and touch those around me. It is a way I seek to be understood by others and also to understand myself. Whether we express ourselves through painting, writing, speaking, or other methods, we all have an innate need to communicate who we are and what is important to us -- our passion, our love, our fear, our hope, our humor. Indeed, my art contains all of this - some of it readily apparent, some of it intentionally hidden. Georgia O'Keeffe spoke for me when she said, "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." I want to show to others what I see and feel: the majesty, the awe-inspiring beauty of all creation. My desire is for us to find a bit more peace and contentment in our lives through this process. I like the way Scott Christensen puts it when he says, "...painting is not the aim or focus of life, but instead painting contributes to the art of living.""
Associated Exhibitions
Ralph Grady James | Sanctuary | Opening Reception Fri. May 5
May 4 - May 25, 2017
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The Calling
Solo Show and Workshop with Ralph Grady James
October 2 - October 31, 2015
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CROSSING PATHS - Two Man Show featuring Bill Farnsworth & Ralph Grady James
October 3 - October 30, 2014
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Postcards from Charleston & Sullivan's Island
December 6, 2013 - January 31, 2014
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A Broader Perspective - Ralph Grady James
May 6 - May 31, 2011
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