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Jim Coggins – A Retrospective
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015
Jim Coggins is a retired chemical engineer who lives in Stony Stratford. He took up painting for the first time in 2010 when he attended classes organised by Milton Keynes Council’s Adult Continuing Education department and at the Great Linford Arts Centre. This gave him the opportunity to experiment with different formats and mediums and where he discovered his preference for painting in watercolour.
Jim’s paintings use a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, animals, portraits, abstracts, flowers and trains. His work is based on his own experience and his lifetime collection of his own photographs. Each of his pictures captures a moment in time that meant something to him. He enjoys the challenge of translating the light and colour of photographs into painting. He uses digital technology to combine images and to achieve a satisfying composition. He also uses a computer to generate the basic sketch of a painting because he prefers to spend his time painting rather than drawing.
He rarely paints the same subject twice and usually works on several paintings at the same time. Each painting can take from two to four weeks to complete.
Jim mainly paints for his own enjoyment. He work reflects his current interests which can be wide-ranging and unpredictable.
Jim Coggins is an active member of the Milton Keynes Society of Artists (MKSA) and regularly exhibits in their exhibitions at the Camphill Cafe, Milton Keynes and at Woburn. He has also exhibited at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea.