I'm not much for talking about myself, and you'll learn a lot more by simply looking through my paintings and the stories behind them. But, so your trip here isn't a total waste, here are some excerpts from an article that was written about me.
Born and raised in Colorado, Jim Tschetter was taught early in life to always respect and appreciate the outdoors and its wildlife. He was brought up hunting, trapping, packing and fishing in the primitive areas of southwestern Colorado; developing the unique capacity to overlook the hardships and thoroughly enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the late 1800's.
After graduating from CSU with a degree in parks and recreation, Jim worked several years as a helitack foreman for the Department of the Interior, before returning to the backcountry as an elk hunting guide. It was during this time that his desire to share the things he saw led him to discover his gift of painting. Jim continues to spend several months a year escaping from his studio to "get back in the saddle" and guide prospective elk hunters. These excursions refresh and renew his visions of the wilderness, also providing the subjects and circumstances of many Tschetter paintings.
Primarily known as a wildlife/western artist, Jim frequently uses themes depicting the unique relationship between man and nature, or the influence of nature interacting within itself. His personal observations and careful attention to details convey an inherent authenticity which captures the moment, atmosphere, humor and emotions of each situation. Since his first attempt at painting (1984), Jim has quickly become recognized among many American and International collectors.
1989,1994: "Artist of the Quarter" - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
1991,1993,2001: "Top 100" - Arts For the Parks.
1995: "Best of Show" - Allegheny Sports Show.
1998: First Place "Oil" Division, & "Best of Show" - Phippen Western Art Show.
1999: "Top 50 Prints" - US Art Magazine.
2001: First Place "Oil" & "Best of Show" (Purchase Prize) - Grant County Art Guild.
2001: $50,000 Grand Prize: Arts for the Parks.
I now live in Farmington, NM. with my wife Karla, and our two boys (Jared & Kevin). I have my studio in the home, so I get both the pleasure and distraction of seeing them a lot. I still head up north every Fall for a little guiding, so if you can't reach me during Sept. or Oct. - I'm Elk Hunting.