Jim Vest was born in Durham City, England where he attended both the Sunderland College of Art 1960-1964 (National Diploma in Design - special subject: painting) and the Manchester College of Art and Design 1964-1965 (Art Teacher’s Certificate & Diploma). He continued to study and paint in the London area until moving to Canada in 1969 to teach art in the Edmonton school system. Desiring to pursue his craft further, he left teaching in 1980 to paint full time.
For the past 15 years Jim has devoted most of his time to developing themes that would work well for Mountain Galleries. He has made several trips to Jasper Whistler and Banff, and taken advantage of our artist in residence program, using our accommodation and studio space to develop large scale works.
Jim has a unique and captivating style of painting. Working mostly in oils & acrylics on canvas, his broad-brush techniques produce impressions of nature and the landscape which have gained wide public acceptance through several one-man shows in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta.
Jim’s work is found in both public and corporate collections around the world.