Jim Garrison was raised in a rural community in southern Indiana. In spite of this rustic
beginning, he received his art degrees from Indiana State University, earning a Bachelors
degree in Art Education and from Purdue University, he earned a Masters of Science
degree in fine arts. In both degrees, Jim focused on drawing and painting. In the
drawing area, Life Drawing was a major emphasis.
Jim was an art instructor at Mesa Community College where he taught for
thirty-five years. As a full-time instructor, he taught life drawing and drawing and
composition. Later, he taught painting, art anatomy, and portrait-figure painting. Jim has
mentored and taught a large number students, many of which are successful artists in the
fields of fine art, animation, and illustration.
In addition to the degree programs from the universities, Jim has studied with many artists
at various workshops. These artists include: Mark Daly, John Asaro, Bob Gerbracht,
Jon Zahourek, Albert Handel, Daniel Greene, and Tony Pro.
Over the years, Jim has participated in many gallery exhibitions having solo shows as
well as group shows. He has served as a guest lecturer and juror for many high schools
and many community art organizations. Currently Jim is a member of the Scottsdale Artists
Association, East Valley Art Guild, and the Portrait Artists of Arizona.
Jim has coordinated art tour groups and traveled to London, Rome, Florence, Paris,
Munich, Saltzberg, and Amsterdam. While hosting the art tours, he received permission to
conduct lecture tours in the National Gallery of London, Tate, and the National Portrait
Gallery of London.