Artist, James Asher, paints in a traditional realistic style. He is a master artist on the PBS Television series, “Passport & Palette” and his watercolor paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Asher attended Central Missouri University on an art scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California.

While studying at the Art Center, he pursued his interest in traditional painting techniques. For a short while he enjoyed a successful career in advertising, but soon became restless and returned to his passion for painting.

Asher moved to Arizona and immersed himself with the lore of the Pueblo Indian culture. He traveled often to Mexico and painted the colorful markets there.

In 1982, after a severe bout with an allergy to turpentine, he reacquainted himself with water-based mediums. As his interest in watercolor evolved, his interest in subject matter broadened. His first London show inspired a large body of European subjects. From his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he travels and paints on location around the world. Painting destinations have included France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Chile, Guatemala, Greece, Switzerland, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Malta, Kashmir, Mexico and the western United States. He is well known for his paintings of Venice and Paris.

His many exhibitions include The Gilcrease Museum, where he was honored as a featured artist in 2006, the National Museum of Taiwan, The Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, The Fine Arts Museum of Santa Fe, Artists of America at the Denver Historical Society and the Royal Watercolor Society of London.

Asher has been profiled in American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest, and many other prestigious art publications. He has authored articles for The Artists’ Magazine and Watercolor Magic.

Currently, he exhibits his watercolor paintings at the Zaplin – Lampert Gallery in Santa Fe.

Since 2005, he has added “Producer” to his many credits as a result of his association with Passport & Palette for Brush with Life Productions. He and wife, Joe Anna Arnett, recently formed their own production company, Artful Partners LLC, where he also produces and directs instructional art and travel video products.

Further biographical information

  • Born, Kansas City, Missouri
  • EDUCATION
  • B.S. Central Missouri University, Warrensburg, MO
  • B. F.A. Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2001 Zaplin -Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, “Venice “
  • 1980 Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1979 Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1978 Far West Gallery, Palm Springs, California
  • TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
  • 2003 Zaplin – Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, “Paris
  • 1998 Zaplin – Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1991 Zaplin – Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1989 O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1989 The Catto Gallery, London, England
  • 1987 O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1983 C.G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1982 C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2008 Gilcrease Museum of American Art, Rendezvous
  • 2007 Mountain Oysters Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
  • Gilcrease Museum of American Art, miniature exhibition
  • 2006 Gilcrease Museum of American Art, Tulsa OK, Featured Artist, Rendezvous 2006
  • Gilcrease Musuem of American Art, Tulsa, OK, Miniature Exhibition
  • Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington VT, “Americans Abroad”
  • 2005 American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
  • Whistle Pik Gallery, Miniatures, Fredericksberg, TX
  • 2004 Gallery B, Lexington, KY
  • American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
  • Whistle Pik Gallery, Miniatures, Fredericksberg, TX
  • 2003 American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001 American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Miniatures 2001, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2000 Prix de West, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK
  • American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Miniatures, 2000 The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1999 American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Miniatures, 1999, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1997 Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • Miniatures, 1997, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Great American Artists, The Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1996 Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Miniatures, 1996, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Great American Artists, The Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1995 Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Miniatures, 1995 , The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1994 Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • Churches: Symbols of Community, Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Miniatures, 1994, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1993 Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • Miniatures, 1993, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Santa Fe Watercolor Society, Museum of the Horse, Ruidoso, New Mexico
  • 1992 The Catto Gallery, London, England
  • The Royal Watercolour Society, London, England
  • Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • Miniatures, 1992, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • The Santa Fe Watercolor Society, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico
  • 1991 Art and Artists of Santa Fe, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Artists of America, The Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Historical Society Museum, Denver
  • Miniatures’91, The Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Amarillo Rotary Club, Art MCMXCI, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo, Texas
  • A New Mexico Tradition: Southwestern Realism, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1990 A New Mexico Tradition: Southwestern Realism, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • American Art in Miniature, The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Gladney Center Benefit, Alterman and Morris Fine Art, Houston, Texas
  • O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1989 The Rio Grande Exhibition, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Amarillo Rotary Club, Art LXXXIX, Amarillo, Texas
  • Nedra Matteucci Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1988 Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Governor’s Gallery, Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Driscol Gallery, Denver, Colorado
  • 1987 The New Mexico Tapestry Show, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Art LXXXVII, Amarillo Rotary Club. Amarillo, Texas
  • Nedra Matteucci Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1986 Audubon Artists National, New York
  • O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Nedra Matteucci Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Taos Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
  • Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1985 O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Salmagundi Club National, Knickerbocker Artist Award, New York, New York
  • Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming
  • 1984 O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Linda McAdoo Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1983 C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1977 Grand Central Galley, New York, New York
  • 1975 through 1982 Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale , Arizona
  • PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
  • Gilcrease Museum of American Art, Tulsa, OK
  • New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Applewhite Mortgage Company
  • Arizona Bank Western Savings
  • Blount Corporation Allan E. Bulley
  • Columbia Pictures Communications
  • Curtis Corporation
  • Dobbs Management Service
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Owens Sausage Company
  • Senator John Warner
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Valley National Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • State of Arizona, Governor’s Office
  • Southland Corporation
  • Sentry Insurance
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • The Artist, British Edition, December 2006,”Plein-air Freedom”, Sandra Carpenter
  • Art of the West, March 2005, “Pure Dedication” Myrna Zanetell
  • The Artist’s Magazine, October 2003, “Total Immersion”,Greg Schaber
  • Watercolor Handbook, June 2003, “Painting Principles”
  • Artist’s Sketchbook, April 2003, “Painting with Monet”, Joe Anna Arnett
  • Santa Fe Living, Volume 6 , Issue 1, “Santa Fe’s Artistic Heartbeat”, Manya Winsted
  • Pasa Tiempo, The New Mexican, Dec. 2001, “James Asher’s Venice”, Teri Thomson Randall
  • Watercolor Basics, Watercolor Magic special, Spring 2002,”Secrets of Breathtaking Texture,” James Asher
  • Prix de West Preview, June 2000, M.J. Van Deventer
  • The Artists’ Magazine, April 2000, “Brush Know How” James Asher & Joe Anna Arnett
  • Santa Fean Magazine, May 1999, ” Art Pairs ” Raquel Escamilla
  • Watercolor Magic, Summer 1999, “The Mirror of Water: Painting in Venice “, James Asher
  • The Artists’ Magazine, January, 1999, ” Tantalize the Senses With Texture”, James Asher
  • Pasa Tiempo, The New Mexican, Sept. 10, 1998, “A Shared Passion”, Lynn Cline
  • The Best of Flower Painting II, North Light Publishing Inc, 1998, Rachel Wolf
  • American Artists Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries, American Reference Publishing Corp.
  • The Dictionary of International Biography, Melrose Press, Ltd
  • Who’s Who in Art, (29 th British Edition), Art Trade Press, Ltd.
  • Contemporary Western Artists, Harold & Peggy Samuels, Southwest Art Publishing, 1983.
  • Who’s Who in Art, (23 rd British Edition), Art Trade Press, Ltd.
  • American Artist, Fall 1991, Adventures in the Landscape, Stephen Doherty.
  • Southwest Art, Sept. 1990, James Asher, Joy Waldron Murphy.
  • Western Art Digest, Jan./Feb. 1987, James Asher, Melinda Elliott.
  • The Santa Fean Magazine, June 1987, James Asher, Artist, Joy Waldron Murphy
  • Southwest Art, Dec. 1980, James Asher: The Essential Meaning of the Southwest, June Dubois.
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • Founder of the Santa Fe Watercolor Society
  • Board of Trustees, Chairman of Curriculum Committee, Scottsdale Artists School, 1994-97
  • Board of Trustees, Vice President, Scottsdale Artists School, 1996
  • TEACHING POSITIONS
  • Chateau des Arts, May 2005, 2006, 2007 En Plein Air Masters, mentor’s program
  • Pat Waymon Workshops, Dennison, TX, October 2005
  • Turning Leaf Lodge, Long Beach, Miss, October, 2005
  • Jackson Art League, Jackson Miss, March 2005
  • Art in Provence, France, July 2000
  • The Scottsdale Artists School, instructor, 1993. 1994 and 1999
  • Levine Workshops with The Scottsdale Artists School, La Rochelle , France, 1997