About Jim Deaton
I was exposed to a good deal of art in my home as a small child by my mother who had exquisite taste. This activated my imagination and foreshadowed my adulthood quest to do the same with my own art. As a teacher, I've always taught that good art does just that; it activates the imagination.
After high school, I attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., followed by a BFA with emphasis in ceramic sculpture from the University of New Mexico. In 1993, I began to paint seriously and I continue to do so to this day.
In 1998, after having gone back to UNM to receive my teaching certification, I started teaching. I have experience with all age groups in a variety of settings. I currently have students from 8 years old to 70+ years old attending guided art sessions individually or in small groups at my home studio in Rio Rancho, NM.
I make art to express myself where words cannot. I make art as therapy for my mental well being. I make art to build connection to spirit. By creating, I seek to form a union of what I think of as my "self" and that which I think of as outside of my "self."