Sir James L. Thornhill (1955-Present) Born and raised in the historic Jackson Ward of Richmond, Virginia, James Thornhill is a gifted American artist and photographer. A product of Richmond City Schools, he attended Open High School with an emphasis on art and screen printing. His creativity flourished during this time and he found himself embarking on the journey of an artist. During a 33 year career with Philip Morris and two years of service in the US Army, James studied various art forms and media which included photography, water color, oriental painting, stagecraft, scene design, and fashion illustration. He owned and operated The Word Shirt, a screen printing business, for 7 years. He worked with aspiring models, produced fashion shows, and honed his interest in color, movement, and texture. He refined the technical aspects of his craft at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Technical Center, and John Tyler Community College. James believes that his signature, Sir James L. Thornhill, is spiritually influenced from another time and generation. His expressions, however, are uniquely defined by his own vision. Although his range encompasses various styles, his essence can be seen in the intimate oil portraits of dynamic figures balanced with backgrounds that emphasize cultural communities around the world. He is known to add thoughtful text into his works for an artful impact that positively promotes his ideals of spirituality in life’s possibilities. His works come alive in bold colors and large frames. In his words, “I don’t express a limitation in my work. I feel free to study and paint all the beauty that this world has to offer.” His community involvement includes mentoring and teaching visual arts to inner city youth enrolled in the Arts 180 program in Richmond. He also partners with the Juvenile Justice Department to work with children in challenging circumstances, helping them to re-create themselves through art. A devoted naturalist, he shows his loyalty to the environment by using earth respecting products in the creative process. As James continues to develop and share his passion, he heeds an inner call to make spiritual, photographic and educational journeys across the global community, connecting with inspirational art forms, people and cultures.