James Middleton is a portrait painter, landscape artist and workshop instructor. Prior to his painting career, James founded the design firm Middleton Design Associates Inc. in Toronto. He and his team were responsible for various corporate identity/branding and communications programs for the Government of Ontario and many of Canada’s leading corporations.
A turning point in James’ painting career was in 2006 when he attended a week-long workshop with master painter Albert Handell in Putney, Vermont, where he met and painted with the legendary painter Richard Schmid and his wife Nancy Guzik. It was such an inspiring and educational time, he returned to Putney the following year to further learn from Handell and Richard Schmid. Other influences have been Sorolla, Zorn, Sargent and Fechin.
James Middleton is a member of The Portrait Society of Canada, The Portrait Society of America, The Society of Canadian Artists, Oil Painters of America, Ontario Plein Air Society, Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy and is a founding member of Sunrise Painters Portrait Group. His work includes portraits, landscapes/seascapes, figures and still lifes.
James’ work has been recognized by many organizations and publications, including the Portrait Society of Canada’s 2014 Portrait Competition “The Miracle of the Portrait” ? Certificate of Merit and Competition Top Finalist; Portrait Society of Canada’s 2008 “International Portrait Arts Festival Competition” ? Competition Top Finalist; Art Gallery of Peel’s Annual Juried Show ? Best Painting (portrait); ArtWorks Oakville’s Annual Juried Show ? 2nd Place (portrait); Society of Canadian Artists’ National Juried Show ? 3rd Place (portrait); Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait Juried Show; Bold Brush Painting Competitions (portraits and landscapes); Studio Magazine; Applied Arts Magazine; Ontario Forum Awards; Financial Post Magazine; Visual Arts Mississauga; Canadian Brushstroke Magazine ? Contemporary Portraits.
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