Size: 20"W x 16"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
Chateau Chillon is an 11th Century castle located on the North shore of Switzerland's Lake Geneva. To the East it looks at the Alps and to the West at the city of Montreux, home of the Montreux Jazz Festival. As the tourist advertising says: " (Chillon)...has always inspired artists and writers, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, from Delacroix to Courbet." Well....it definitely has inspired me too. My painting is realistic--Chillon looks pretty much as you see it. It is a silent observer to the history of over 1000 years...of people and events; the evolution of Europe from medieval to modern. If it hits you just right the painting can have an unsettling level of gravitas.
Chateau Chillon taps the side of me that enjoys geometric relationships and architecture. Painting it pushed me toward precision and detail--proportionality, relationships, shadow, depth/scale--as opposed to the more abstract and impressionistic works I do.
Chateau Chillon is painted on a 20" x 16" stretched canvas on a studio wood frame and is back stapled to the frame. I've applied one coat of Krylon UV Archival non-yellowing clear varnish to ensure protection against fading, dirt, moisture and other sources of discoloration. The canvas on all edges is painted and the wood frame is wired for hanging. The painting will be carefully packed for shipping, labeled, and protected against damage in transit.
The majority of my adult life has been spent in the consulting business around Washington DC. I retired in 2014. During 2004 and 2005 I had the opportunity to live in Geneva Switzerland and to travel in Europe, Africa, Russia, and Southeast Asia. Earlier, in my 20s, I served as a Merchant Marine officer and saw a good deal of the world then too, but in a very different way. I have a B.E. in Marine Engineering with a minor in Naval Architecture. Painting entered my life in the early 1990s, on weekends, in my unfinished basement where I would experiment with brushes and brushstrokes, colors and values, perspective, technique, and much more. All I needed was a sandwich, some wine, and music…and a rainy day when my daughter’s soccer game was cancelled. As with all of us, my life experiences have influenced how I see the world: what is interesting, shape and form, motion, context, color and so on. My experiences find their way into my art. I can be contacted via my website: jimcarrollart.com. I hope you enjoy my work.