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James Wood Wilson

Portland, OR

 J​ames is a professional illustrator with years of experience in feature animation.  He grew up on a farm on the west coast of Scotland where he spent his childhood in the company of creatures and many other colorful characters, sketching from life and imagination.  As he grew  up, the work of artists and illustrators such as Ronald Searle, Ralph Steadman, and Gerald Scarfe left a lasting mark on his sense of humor and visual imagination.


A​s a newcomer to Portland Oregon, he imagined all kinds of beginnings -- some bright,  some much more ominous.  As he began to look around, he found himself drawn, as always, to the people, and through them, to the locations of possibility.  In the drawing workshop, he found a creative community which included skilled and memorable models.


The people of this eclectic town provided the inspiration to return to an early love of printmaking and the human figure- in all its mercurial, shapeshifting, of-the-moment brilliance.

Looking for James's animation design work?     Click here-




  • The Inked Image

       Sidestreet Arts, Portland, OR (Juried Show)





  • imPressed: National Selected Juried Art Shows and Group Exhibitions 
    Art Gym Gallery, Denver, CO (Juried Show)

  • Sketch '18
    Mel’s Frame Shop, Portland, OR (Group Show)

  • 33rd Annual International Exhibition
    The University of Texas at Tyler, TX (Juried Show)

  • Atelier Meridian Printmakers
    La Buca Italian Cafe, Portland, OR (Group Show)



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