Artist Jim Price from Abilene has his drawings currently on display at the County-City Library in Sweetwater. Price is 74 and works at Ludlum Measurements here in town. Price started in the 1980s working with oil painting on canvas, experimenting mostly with just landscapes and water sceneries.
Approximately 15 years later, he explored into the pencil and paper portrait drawing. Never having any lessons, he taught himself how to draw pencil portraits.
Price noted some benefits of working with pencil from home. "I can sit in my chair and do it. I don't have to worry about all the mess and cleaning up as I did with oil painting, including waiting for it to dry. Not to mention, I live in an apartment so I'm limited on space."
Price did some experimenting with sketches of actual children. Since they do move around quite a bit, he proceeded to try portraits of children posing in photos instead. He has worked on some full family portrait photos as well. Even though he says, "They are more of a challenge."
Price's wife has a large doll collection. This open another new area where Price has explored with his drawing skills. "They are easy to draw because they don't move around as much," he said.
Price has learned to work mostly with children's photos since he has received so many requests from coworkers and friends to draw their children. Not to mention, drawing all of his grandchildren and many other loved ones.
Other accomplishments Price has succeeded at with his drawing, is three years ago, he sketched out all the children from his church and made a calendar of them in 2008.
Price feels he will always be sketching since it is a way for him to relax, and as long as he continues to receive requests. He mentioned, "It's a God given talent."
The hours for the library are Monday from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.