Jim Schaeffing Oil Painting, Titled, "Desert in Bloom", #C 1723
Dimensions: 36" x 30"
Condition: Very good for its age
Provenance: The Estate of James Schaeffing
Background on Artist Jim Schaeffing:
Jim Schaeffing received his formal art education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later enrolled into the Jepson Art Institute where he studied for 3 years under the tutelage of the late Nicolai Facin and Rico Lebrun. Jim landed an interview with the prestigious Charles E. Cooper Studios where he designed illustrations for European magazine articles and for Cosmopolitan magazine. In the later 50's he was commissioned to do a series of illustrations for the United States Air Force which are now part of the permanent art collection of the US Air Force and are displayed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He was a former faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) formally known as the Chounard Art Academy located in Santa Clarita, CA.
Jim worked for all the major motion picture studios. Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia Pictures and the Walt Disney Studios. As a designer illustrator his accolades include Tora, Tora, Tora, Patton, Planet of the Apes w/Charlton Heston, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Son of Flubber and most notably Mary Poppins to name a few. He was commissioned to do portraits of actors such as Tippi Hedrin, Suzanne Pleshette, Keenan Wynn, Haley Mills, the grand children of Roy Disney as well as families of writers, producers and other professionals in the industry.
If you would like to know more about Jim Schaeffing’s history, please visit https://oldsoulretro.blogspot.com/2013/02/jim-schaeffing-interview.html to read a more personal biography by Rachel Davies.
Quoted by Jim Schaeffing – (1920 – 2020)
No artist does this more effectively than Jim Schaeffing. Not only does one have the sensation of stepping into the scene, but one also imagines the dampness of approaching rain clouds, the rush of water in rivers, or the inviting warmth of a sunny field. “They must look real.” This is what Schaeffing says of his paintings. “If I can’t believe the pictures I paint, I'm not satisfied.”