Artist – JAMES LANSDELL

Lansdell_jim3I was born and raised in Laguna Beach. My parents moved to Laguna in 1935. Art has always been a passion of mine. The outstanding educators in Laguna set me on my path.  I received my bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton in 1973.  My course of study at university was fine arts and education. I specialized in abstract impressionistic painting. I began teaching after I graduated. I taught beginning and advanced drawing and painting, environmental design, stage arts design, graphic design, sculpture, and jewelry. While I was teaching, I completed graduate work to continue building my artistic skills. I continued to teach art for 7 years in Los Angeles Unified School District. After teaching, I worked for the Orange County of Education as a counselor for two years, guiding children from grade levels 3-12, using my teaching skills in new and expansive ways.

My life as an artist evolved again when I became a graphic and commercial artist with the printing company Cal Tape. I was the designer, drawing and creating images that companies used for advertising. I collaborated with my team to design, duplicate, or create a wide variety of graphics, from billboard size to the size of a postage stamp.  Additionally, I was a photographer, taking pictures of designs, text, and my illustrations.  I apprenticed with senior employees to learn how to run four types of printing presses: the silkscreen, the letterpress, the flexographic press, and the hot stamp press. Over time, I grew with the company, and I learned new skills, becoming the computer typesetter. I was also a production manager for 12 years. I worked at Cal Tape for a total of twenty years.

In the last 10 years, I have been renewing a relationship with painting and with art.  I have gone back to my roots, using the techniques and materials that I acquired at the university level and blending them with 20 years in graphic design; I have combined the styles of thinking and production to create my style on canvas. I started selling my work at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach in 1971 and 1972 in the beginning years of the festival. I returned in 2011, and I have now been showing for six years. I have developed a website where I sell my work. Additionally, I have created several commission pieces.

My creative life is an amalgamation of my life experience, business acumen, personal growth, a deeper understanding of self and family. My personal accomplishments are the skills and abilities that I have learned and the person I am today.  Everyday I seek a more complex understanding of color, paint, and surface texture. I am always a student, striving to find something new out of my artistic techniques. I will be endlessly looking for inspiration from the world around me.

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