Vibrant and imaginative expressions are what make up Jim Padgett’s work. Inspired by the historical portrayals of life in art from the Renaissance era and ancient Egypt, Padgett cultivates even the deepest ideas for every one of his abstract creations. Each piece partners with his thoughts, acting as visual and physical extensions of his own creative mind. For the 500 to 600 abstracts he’s created (over 1,000 digital pieces altogether), Padgett has produced his art from three methods: digital watercolor, digital oil, and digital pencil.
As well as creating digital art, Padgett teaches and demonstrates the medium and is a published author of over 27 hours of literature–some works even residing in the Library of Congress. After retiring from an oil refinery in 2000, Padgett studied and received his Master’s in Art History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. It was from that point that he was reunited with the creative spark he last saw as a child, and uses now. “I could do two abstracts a day,” he says. "Now I go back and work on perfecting and improving further what I have already created.” Recognized repeatedly for his talents, Padgett received the second place award in a NASA J.S.C. art contest for his piece “Big Black Eye”; first place award for Digital Art in a DPAL Art Show and from the same contest, second and third place.