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James Shook '71
Major at Amherst: English/Fine Arts
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Type of Art: Paint; Photography; Film; Interactive multimedia
Artist Statement: I have been making pictures for some kind of screen for about 35 years.

I have worked in film animation, doing commercial and personal work, as well as teaching several courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

I then started working with computers, creating graphics for computer games and interactive multi-media. I've done interactive exhibition work for the Boston Museum of Science, as well as corporate clients like AT&T, Delta and State Farm. Insurance. Since the mid 1980s I have also done some fine arts work on the computer, most of which has never been seen by anybody but my friends. During this period I taught several course in computer graphics and computer animation at UMASS, Amherst.

In the past ten years or so I have been designing, and in some cases developing, web sites. Many of these were for corporate intranet applications. For a number of years I had my own web site, but is is on a very long vacation at the moment. If it revives I'll be using it to show new work.

Recently, I have made a big life change and am living in a little house with a big barn on a dirt road in Vermont. Here I have begin painting in acrylics. 

I am trying to arrange things so that I have a much time as possible to devote to working in the studio. I know I'm a bit late to the full-time artist life, but I hope to make up time by working in an environment that provides solitude and isolation.

Advice and Insights:  The only thing that I have ever actually learned is that you have to put in the hours. There are no shortcuts. You have to make all of the mistakes that you can make. Then you're ready to start.