Biography / Artist Statement
2023 Art on the Llano Estacado Legacy Award Recipient
Jim Eppler is an artist in the truest sense – he takes the world around us and recreates it for our participation. His life like recreations and his gentle interpretations. It is Eppler’s respect and appreciation for nature that allow his art to flow so freely.
Eppler developed this appreciation for nature at a young age. As a small child growing up in El Paso, he would spend many hours outdoors, observing animals to sketch and paint. Eppler continued his official studies at Texas Tech University, earning a BFA in Studio Art.
In his paintings, Eppler particularly uses light to underscore select components of movement and landscape. In his bronzes, the details of movement are subtly emphasized.
He is represented in galleries from California to New York and has been featured in the book, Wildlife Art, 60 Contemporary Masters and Their Work (Joan Muyskens Pursley, Portfolio Press), and in numerous magazines.
His public installations include the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Frederik Meijer Gardens, South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center, National Exhibits Foundation, National Ranching Heritage Museum, Booth Museum, West Texas Museum Collection, the Benson Sculpture Garden, and The Virginia Museum of Animal Art.