In the fall of 1934, during the Depression, Jim enrolled in the University of New Mexico. He studied painting under renowned artist Raymond Jonson. Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism to New Mexico and was a part of a group of painters dubbed The Modernists who were granted special exhibition space in Santa Fe’s Museum of New Mexico.
Jim spent a summer studying in Taos, New Mexico. Below is a print that certainly appears to be from his time in Taos. It is a haunting image that reveals the magic of Taos and the surrounding area along with two figures that are solemn and appear to be struggling, as their heads are down and the man is bent from the waist.
After viewing this print, one wonders if Jim had any contact with Gene Kloss, one of New Mexico’s beloved print-makers. (Click on the image to enlarge.)
Part Two is here.