Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Jim Dukes from the Trenholm Artists Guild

 

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard and this semester is no exception. The Spring 2016 featured artist is Jim Dukes and his mural is the second in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dukes’ art is focused on the healing that its creation can bring. Faced with personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Dukes “chose the path of redefining his life through art.” In addition to working on his own artistic works he is also engaged in helping others to find a path to recovery through the visual arts.  In 2016 he will be the Director of Healing Arts at the Big Barn Retreat, a non-profit that “provides a variety of free services for veterans and their families…with a focus on treating and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Dukes creates his photography-based art using his Droid Maxx cell phone and free or low cost editing software. In his Artist Statement he writes, “My goal remains to inspire others in similar situations to choose any art outlet at their disposal and just start creating.”

Dukes’ mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Spring semester. A selection of his works are also currently being featured near the Music Library entrance. More information on Jim and his works can be found on his website at http://www.jjdphoto2art.com/.