Watercolors by Clay County artist Jimmie Tabor will be featured in a solo exhibit in April in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Jimmie has worked in several mediums, but has come to love watercolor because of “the pleasant surprises as the paints/colors change while drying.” His work primarily involves nature (birds, flowers, animals), landscapes and some portraits.
Jimmie grew up in Brazil, Indiana and studied art with professor Elmer Porter at Indiana State University. He also was mentored by local artist Roy Muncie, a talented sign painter. His career included 35 years with Sherwin-Williams, working with color blending on a daily basis. Jimmy now resides in Center Point with his wife, Suzanne, and their golden retriever, Sandy.
Through the years, Jimmie’s artwork has been shown in Swope Art Museum and in exhibitions at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Covered Bridge Art Association’s Gallery in Rockville, where he was honored with Best of Show.
In March 2018, Jimmie’s watercolor “Lost Identities” received the People’s Choice Award in the Vigo County Public Library’s fourth annual Big Read Art Exhibition in celebration of the Big Read book selection, “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka.
“The Japanese Americans went to the camps willingly and were greatly confused,” Tabor said in his artist’s statement for the competition. “The children suffered a great trauma in their formative years.”
In addition to River City Art Association, Jimmie’s memberships include Wabash Valley Art Guild and Indiana Wildlife Artists.