Jim Daly paints nostalgic American life of everyday scenes
Soft spoken and modest, Jim Daly seems a reluctant celebrity, and it is his tender and nostalgic portrayals of children that have earned him a wide and ardent following among collectors.
Born in Oklahoma and raised throughout the West, Jim developed an early appreciation for the art of Norman Rockwell and at a young age, he knew that he wanted to be a painter himself. His parents still own one of Jim's earliest works, a painting of an old fashioned barbershop. Even at age 13, he had an interest in the past.
After a stint in the army, in the mid-1960's Jim studied nights at the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, while working during the day at an aerospace company. Within just a few years, he was able to devote himself entirely to his art. His wife Carole and their now grown-up sons, frequently modelled for him.
Jim's paintings are in many private and corporate art collection and have won a wealth of awards. These include the Favell Museum's Western Awards for excellence in portraying early American life realistically and accurately.We are fortunate in that some of his works have been granted a license to be copied into jigsaw puzzles. These we show here as part of our jigsaw collection, along with oither well established artists.