I had read stories about Japanese Warriors battling monster-size Koi fish. I really enjoy the scales of the fish and the water as blue as cobalt. This piece took 5 months to complete.
By using a variety of needles in his pen, and liquid acrylic to engrave onto a cotton board, the patterns and textures came to life. This type of art can take anywhere from a few months up to a full year to complete just one-piece, depending on the size.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jim’s art career started in the 1970s on the subway cars of New York City as a young teenage graffiti artist. After a few years and a few arrests, Jim traded his spray cans and markers, for paintbrushes and canvas. He studied painting for several years and became a portrait artist. Jim painted for a few years but was always searching for a new way to create his kind of art. His love of martial arts, combined with his passion for tattoos led him on a road of self-discovery. By merging two art forms that date back centuries, Jim has created a very unique style of art. Japanese Engravings and tattoo art and design are the inspiration for Jim’s pen & ink pieces. By using a variety of needles in his pen, and… Continue reading on artist page