Jim Turanchik’s art combines the real time immediacy of a field sketch with the finished artistry of a gallery worthy rendering. The resulting balance makes his work unique and engaging.
- Pete Dunne, writer, birder
Decades of observation and deft handling of watercolors come together in Jim Turanchik’s paintings of birds. His work has appeared in The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” and “Naturally Drawn” exhibitions, and his illustrations of birds and bird watchers have enlivened the pages of Bird Watcher’s Digest for over twenty years. His work has been exhibited in a variety of national venues and is treasured by bird enthusiasts across the country.
Jim works in a brisk, impressionistic style, emphasizing expressive form over anatomical detail: “I’m not about painting feathers. The bird’s topography has got to be right, but what’s more important to me is the life that animates it.”
From an aesthetic perspective, Jim says, birds make two very powerful visual statements, the most conspicuous of which is the beautiful symmetry of their plumage. “This speaks to us of the order in nature.” Less easy to quantify, but just as impressive, is the sheer vitality expressed in a bird’s actions. “This speaks to us of the exuberance of life itself.”
Jim is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.