Personal stuff 

 I am a Southern boy from Alabama.  Although I have been to other countries and all across America, my favorite place to be is here in the South. My paintings are of people, places, and things that I have encountered on life’s journey. My wonderful wife and I have been married since 1965.  We were meant for each other.  We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and five precious grandchildren.  We live a simple life, but a very happy life.

Awards: 

 

2016

Art of the Heartland National Exhibition, Mena, Arkansas, Best of Show

2015 

Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Peach Award

Hudson Valley Artists Association International Exhibition, John Tatge Memorial Award

Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition, Nanette Jones Exemplary Service Award

2014 

Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Seagaul Family Award

Hudson Valley Artist’s Association National Exhibition, Award

2013 

Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd Annual National Exhibition, Award of Excellence (Best of Show)

2012 

Alabama Community College System Chancellor’s Art Exhibition, First Place, Painting

2011

Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-State Exhibition, Gold Award

2010  

Alabama Community College System Chancellor’s Art Exhibition, Best of Show

Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Exhibition, Best of Show

Paint the Parks (Top 100 paintings Award), Paint America Association, Topeka, Kansas

29th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY, The Segaul Family Award   

Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Studio III Gallery Honor Award

Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, 2nd Place

2007  

Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-State Exhibition, M. Graham Co Award 

Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition,  Award by multiple donors

2006  

Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-State Exhibition, Florida League of Cities Award (Best of Show)

2004  

American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Winsor & Newton Award

2001  

American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Dagmar Tribble Award

Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition, Leroy Springs Award 

2000  

Louisiana Watercolor Society International exhibition, Best of Show

Watercolor Magic magazine, “One of the 25 Best Paintings of 2000”

Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition, Wiregrass Museum of Art Purchase Award

The Artist’s Magazine, Portrait Painting Competition, 3rd place

1999  

Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition, Grumbacher Gold Medal

Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition, Holbein award

1998  

Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition, Purchase Award

 

Memberships:

American Watercolor Society (AWS)

National Watercolor Society (NWS)

Southern Watercolor Society (SW)

Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA)

Mississippi Watercolor Society (MSWS)

 

Publications:

Best of Worldwide Water-Media, (Kennedy Publishing), 2010,  With feature article on James Brantley, Available September 2010

The Art of Aquarelle (l’art de l’Aquarelle), (French Publication distributed in 32 countries) 2010, Eight-page feature article on the art of James Brantley, Available December 2010

American Artist, Dec., 2001, “Expanding on Light Versus Dark”, on the art of James Brantley by Kathleen Baxter, Associate Editor

The Artist’s Magazine, Sept., 2001, “Hold the Water”, by James Brantley

Inksmith, (A Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials publication), 2006, “Watercolor With Drybrush”, by

                        James Brantley  Click HERE to view article.

Inksmith, 2003, “Pushing Watercolor to the Limit”, by James Brantley     Click HERE to view article.

Inksmith, 2003, “Classic Realism in Transparent Watercolor”, by James Brantley   Click HERE to view article.

 

Public Collections:

The following institutions have paintings by James Brantley in their permanent collection:

Old Forge (NY) Arts Center

Auburn University

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Museum of East Alabama

Isabel Anderson Comer Museum

Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum

Alabama Wildlife Federation

BE&K Corporation

 

Leadership Positions:

President, Watercolor Society of Alabama, 2008-2009

Member, Board of Trustees, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 2006-2009

President, Southern Watercolor Society, 2002-2004

Treasurer, Southern Watercolor Society, 2000-2002

President, Watercolor Society of Alabama, 1999-2000