Dr. James W. Brown has practiced dentistry for the past 30 years. During his last year at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Dr. Brown began painting watercolors as a form of relaxation. He continued painting while serving as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy from 1981 to 1984. During this period, he also took time to study the works of other artist via books and museums. While stationed in Japan, he was influenced by its culture and ancient art history.
Dr. Brown credits his love of light, color, form and composition as helping to make him a better dentist - things also needed to make great art. He sees himself as an artist who helps to enhance his patients' smiles everyday.
Although he is without formal art training, Dr. Brown began using the medium of pastels in 1996. He enjoys painting with pastels because they are so direct. His colors and use of light and shadows allow the pastels to be manipulated to their full potential.
Dr. Brown has served as President of the Central Texas Pastel Society. This group of talented pastel artists has helped him to continue to learn, and grow as an artist. Consequently, it was through the use of pastels that Dr. Brown's painting, "Young Hunters," depicting young African warriors, was accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM, in 1999. That exhibition led to a featured article in the July 2000 issue of The Artist Magazine. In 2001, his painting, "Soup-Line," depicting the depression era, was accepted into the prestigious Pastel Society of America juried exhibition in New York City.
A variety of Dr. Brown's paintings are held in private collections throughout the United States. His work can also be seen at selected exhibitions and now at his gallery adjacent to his new state-of-the-art dental office located at 3030 Rigsby Avenue near the corner of South W.W.White Road.
Dr. Brown can be contacted at his e-mail address, Jamesbrownstudio@aol.com.