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A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, James McGrew grew up making frequent backpacking trips to Yosemite, Tahoe and other beautiful locations in Northern California and Oregon. He fell in love with Yosemite at an early age and often tried to capture the natural beauty through various artistic media including pastels at the age of 8 and using his father’s oils by age 10.

Although he took every art class available up to and throughout college, in effort to learn more about his favorite place and artistic subject, he earned degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Geology then went on to study Environmental Education in Graduate School. James relies on his background in science with art as a vehicle to communicate the natural beauty that inspires his work.

James hikes/backpacks several hundred miles each summer, always with a tripod, pochade and cameras. He uses his plein air paintings as references for larger studio works. James has worked as an interpretive naturalist in Yosemite for over 15 summer seasons.

His work hangs in collections around the world and has been exhibited in many solo shows, prestigious competitions, museums and events. At the 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art he won both the Peoples’ Choice Award and the Plein Air Magazine Award. Winner of the 2014 Carmel Art Festivals Peoples Choice Award. In April 2014 he was featured in Southwest Art Magazine as an emerging artist.

His website is jamesmcgrewfineart.com.

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Upper Yosemite Fall Over the Merced River

Oil on panel, 10″ x 8″.
Framed in a No. 16—2″ with 23kt gilt sight edge in quartersawn white oak with Medieval stain.
SOLD

First Light Across May Lake

Oil on panel, 8″ x 6″.
Framed in a No. 16—1 1/2″ with 23kt gilt sight edge in walnut with Dark Medieval stain.
SOLD

Vernal Fall

Oil on panel, 8″ x 6″.
Framed in a No. 1100 CV—1 3/4″ in quartersawn white oak with Saturated Medieval stain. 18kt gilt slip. (Inquire for other frame options.)
SOLD

Morning on the Rim of Yosemite Valley

Oil on linen panel, 6″ x 8″. Painting only: $800.
Framed in a No. 1 R CV Edges—1-3/4″ in quartersawn white oak with Dark Weathered stain. 18kt gilt slip. SOLD.

Yosemite Falls Towers Over Cook’s Meadow

2018. Oil on linen on board, 16″ x 8″.
Framed in No. 1100 CV—1 3/4-2 1/4″ flush dowels. Quartersawn white oak (Medieval stain) with 18kt slip.
SOLD.

Jeffrey Pine at Dewey Point

Oil on linen on board, 11″ x 14″.
Framed in No. #1.4CV—3″. Quartersawn (Dark Weathered stain) with 18kt liner.
SOLD

Pohono, Storm Clouds

Oil on panel, 8″ x 10″.
Framed in No. 2—2″. Quartersawn white oak (Weathered stain) with 23kt liner.
Painting framed as shown: SOLD

Upper Yosemite Fall

2019. Oil on panel, 15 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.
Framed in No. 230—2-3/4. Quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain) with gilt slip.
SOLD.

Tissiac In Soft Evening Light

2017. OIl on linen on board, 11″ x 14.” Framed in Compound No. 1 + Cap No. 410 CV — 4″, in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain) with a 23kt gilt slip. SOLD.

Summer in the High Country (Long Meadow at Sunrise High Sierra Camp)

2016. Oil on linen on board, 9” x 12”. SOLD.

Thunderstorm Sunset on Half Dome

Oil on linen mounted on board, 12″ x 16″, 2016. Framed in carved compound slope in quartersawn white oak. SOLD.

Pohono

2014, Oil on Linen and wood in custom Cassetta frame with gilt liner. 24″ x 18″. Sold.

Last Light on Half Dome

2013. Oil on linen, 8″ x 6″. Framed in No. 443 – 2″ quartersawn white oak (Weathered). SOLD

Winter’s Song

2013. Oil on linen, 18″ x 14″. Framed in No. 341 CV (soft)—3-1/2”, in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval Oak stain). Sold.

Fletcher Lake Impressions

2012. Oil on linen on birch, 12″ x 16″. Framed in No. 2.1—3″ in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain).

Windswept View

2012. Oil on linen on board, 14″ x 18″.
Framed in No. 2.3 CV—3” in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain).

Ahwahnee Snow Storm

2011. Oil on canvas, 6″ x 8”. Framed in No. 1.2 CV—2-1/2” in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain).

Upper Lee Vining Canyon

2010. Oil on canvas, 6” x 8”. Framed in No. 2 CV—2-1/2″ in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain).

White Cascade, Glen Aulin

2010. Oil on canvas, 6” x 8”. Framed in No. 16—2-1/2” in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain).

Sentinel View

2013. Oil on linen on birch, 16″ x 12”. Framed in No. 320 CV—3” in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain), with gilt slip. Sold.

Looking East from Glacier Point

2010. Oil on canvas, 9″ x 12″. Framed in No. 1.4 CV — 2-3/4″ in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain). Sold.

Yosemite Falls from Cook’s Meadow

2010. Oil on canvas, 8″ x 6″. Framed in Village Series flat No. 11.2 — 2″, in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain). $900.

Glacier Point Sunset

2010. Oil on canvas, 9″ x 12″. Framed in custom mitered flat with carved raised cushion panel near sight edge —3″, in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain). Sold.