My name is Jimmy Butts. I have been a painter for a great part of my life. I believe it is a gift from God. My home town is Columbus, Georgia. I did not have any formal art training; however there was an art teacher that thought I had the ability to be an artist. Although my teacher encouraged me to take art classes, I choose not to. Occasionally I would participate in art contests and was further encouraged when I won first place in quite a few competitions.
In my junior year of high school, my art teacher (Mr. Ford) compiled some of my drawings and submitted them to an art institute of higher learning. I was offered a scholarship to attend art school, however, I chose to stay in public school and play football.
Several years later I regained my interest in painting. I joined an art organization called Allied Arts in Richland, WA. where I produced quality paintings. While working with the Allied Arts organization, I had the opportunity to try different styles of paintings and during that process I eventually developed a style I call sketch painting and incorporated that style with the impressionistic style.
At one point, I decided that I would try to paint with a brush in the same manner as sketching with a pencil. I found during the development of the style called sketch painting, that some of the bristles on the brushes were either too long or too soft. I soon discovered the right brushes were available for sketch painting. I then started to sketch more often with a brush, shading in the colors as needed. This style of painting gives the results similar to pencil or charcoal sketching which leaves an end result similar to that of a photograph.
I also enjoy working with glass, wood carving and creative design.