As we’ve mentioned before, the ways we area able to use our art to help others are truly endless. James Niehues’s incredible talent and outreach bring a unique aspect to our IK4HK series. If you are an avid skier, chances are you are already familiar with James’s paintings, which are often translated into trail maps across the country that are used to help winter sports fans blaze their trails.
In the video clip from MSNBC below, you’ll hear Greg Ditrinco comment that “Jim’s trail maps are as integral to skiing as snow. Everyone recognizes his style.” He also goes on to say that “with Jim’s maps, each one celebrates the mountains as a piece of art, an organic natural piece of art.”
Ditrinco couldn’t have said it better when he said that each one of Jim’s maps celebrates the mountains as a piece of art. We thought the Imagekind community would enjoy watching a fellow artist receive this well deserved national recognition.
We’d like to thank Jim on behalf of those who use his ski maps to chart their courses, and maybe those who use them to go a bit off course and make their own trails thanks to the close attention Jim plays to every detail on each trail he blazes with his brush. It is immeasurable the amount of delight and joy that he has brought to people who have had the pleasure of using his paintings for this purpose.
We encourage you to check out James’s amazing work. If you’re already wrapping up the season and haven’t had a chance to use Jim’s maps yet, be sure to start charting next season’s course by checking out Jim’s Imagekind store. You may find a ski resort that you’ve conquered; support James by ordering a unique, hand painted rendition of it for yourself. What a terrific way to reward yourself!