James Nelson Carroll (Jim)
The Pet Impressionist
Welcome. I'm an artist and an animal-lover. Through my work I strive to create beautiful art that captures the personality of our pets and the love we share with them. My later work also explores the beauty and character of the wildlife with which we share this planet.
Using my clients' photos as reference, I create beautiful, original works of art: Commissioned portraits and slice-of-life scenes. Colorful impressionist paintings, and elegant charcoal and graphite drawings.
I've made canvas prints, greeting cards and other art items available to purchase - at retail locations like Creative Liberties Artists Studios in Sarasota, FL - and soon available online.
I'm a Creative. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating ideas, pictures, stories, places and experiences; all with the intent of making people smile, laugh, cry, cheer and ... make a purchase.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University, where I discovered the field of “Advertising". I then spent 34 years in the marketing agency business in Chicago, and ultimately became a senior executive, and co-leader of a national agency creative department. My clients included a great many world reknowned brands.
In 2016 I decided to become a fine artist, exhibiting in a number of art shows in Chicago before moving to Sarasota, FL in 2021. My "2nd life's work" now brings smiles and tears of joy to those who love their pets, animals and nature just as I have. It's a wonderful feeling.
A few of my other creative outlets:
As a graduate of Chicago's Second City Players’ Workshop, I wrote and performed sketches in three improv comedy revues.
I've also transformed a 150 year-old farm "cottage" into a gorgeous 4BR, 2+ Bath home with all the modern designer finishes and amenities, while keeping the charming vintage look of the original home and its mature landscaping.