Jim Strong was raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. Ever since he was a young boy, Jim has had a love of art, Native American Indians and the West. His talent and interest in his subjects show through in his oil paintings of ranchers, western scenery and Native Americans. Jim graduated from the prestigious Art Center School in Los Angeles, California in 1961, with a Bachelor of Professional Arts degree in Illustration.

After graduation, Jim worked for North American Aviation - Autonetics in Placentia, California as an illustrator. After moving to Arizona, he worked for Brush & Color in Paradise Valley doing architectural renderings for Ramada Inns. He also created illustrations for Motorola, AiResearch, Sperry, Cudahy, Arizona Tourism, Spreckles Sugar and Courtesy Chevrolet. In early 1967, Jim worked as head instructor for the Scottsdale School of Art. After realizing that he enjoyed teaching, he founded the Jim Strong Art School, where he taught oil painting to hundreds of students for 33 years in Scottsdale. In 1999, Jim sold the school and moved to Payson.

After teaching oil painting another 13 years at Gila Community College, he retired and has more time to devote to his western art painting. Jim is an involved member of the Payson Art League and displays his work at the Studio Tour in May. His work can currently be viewed at his studio and home in Gibson Ranch/Payson, Arizona.


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