James (Jim) L. Foster was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Self-taught, he has always had a fascination with facial expressions and capturing those thoughts via graphite and/or oils. Jim finds that the greatest downside to being a portrait artist, is the difficulty in building a portfolio, when most of his work is commissioned. Many times, Jim finds it difficult to let a commissioned piece go after becoming attached in the creation process. Although he is and always will be a painter, drawing has been a strong passion, of his, over the last several years. Jim says, "There is always a personal soul touching experience with a drawing, as my focus is drawn closer to the aspect of the subject. When painting, I lose much of that in the process of mixing colors and generating a schematic in my mind that takes me from the art itself. As with all my art, I must find the connection between what it represents and how it will be perceived by others" Jim has been commissioned for portraitures, reproductions, restorations, murals, signage, illustrations, etc., over the past 45 years. His work currently includes portraiture in graphite, carbon, charcoal (separate and mixed) and oil on canvas.

...Art is a representation of humanity and an expression of what we as artists interpret it to be. We have been blessed and cursed with the gift of bringing lines to life, to create from a tree that stems from our minds and hearts, connecting the branch of our sight to our hands and a blank sub-straight that will soon begin to breathe. We watch it grow and develop with great anticipation of becoming our masterpiece. Before the lead meets the paper; the study, the perception and the commitment, become the means by which the art reaches identity. Without these, the work is incomplete and carries no meaning nor value. Art must reflect who we are by substance and relevance, otherwise, it is lost among those by which there is none...

James L Foster - June 2010