"Riding Till Sundown" by NCHA Artist of the year Jim Noble

In the tradition started When Thomas Henry Noble came over from England, settling in Kentucky then taking his family and homesteading Texas where the family ranched and prospered in the mercantile business. Jimmy D. Noble has carried on that family tradition along with family and friends he has assembled a gathering of Artist, Photographers, Craftsmen, Writers and Leather workers who produce fine works of art, this combined collection is marketed and represented throughout the US and many foreign countries and is called "Noble Ranch".

The Noble home
This house was burned by Comanche Indians not long after this photo was taken.

"JIM NOBLE has a unique talent for being able to take his 40 years of acquired painting knowledge and pass it onto others in a very short time.He calls it "his recipe" for painting skies, clouds,water, trees, mountains, etc."

Jim`s oil paintings are soft with lots of light and soft strokes that makes one think they are right there, very realistic.

His watercolors, while still representational, are very free and loose and have a more abstract quality. Jim started serious watercolors late in his career and feels that the difficulty attached to them is overstated. He says they remind him of his days illustrating and they either come out or they donít; his generally do. Jimís earlier watercolors were mostly drybrush along the lines of his favorite artist, Andrew Wyeth. Jimís current watercolors are wet and misty like many of the Colorado skies, with clouds wrapping the mountains paled by the afternoon showers.

Jim is known for his skies, storms, mist, falling rain, clouds of all kinds, for any weather conditions , falling snow or a hot desert sort of day. "Great skies are the real foundation of a great painting".

"As a painting comes forward, the background has to melt out of the sky and come forward making a place where all kinds of things can happen, layer on layer of hills with light touching the trees and ground, will play with the viewers mind, making them think it is a stormy day but leaving hope in the bright spots for a clear beautiful night". Skies often extend down the canvas two thirds of the way leaving a low horizon line, one of Jims tricks for making the viewer feel as if they were standing in the scene.

Water is in three fourths of Jims paintings and there are few as versatile handling water. "Water is the sky transformed, made up of and reflecting all the colors of the painting. Running water, clear with rocks showing below, still ponds with reflections, a rain storm obscuring the horizon or just a marsh for the ducks or a lone Bull Elk, these are the waters that tell a story, these are the waters that make the scene believable".

Fall comes to Colorado as does the gold's, yellows, tans and burgundy of the turning Aspen trees and the Oak Brush. Frosty mornings then snow, falling snow dusting the landscape making for the perfect painting, the ultimate photo, the Christmas card we all wish we were in.

See many of Jimís fine paintings and photographs throughout this web site and especially in the Art Gallery section

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