James Rees is a Utah County artist know for using the figure as a vehicle for expression. The artist primarily uses monotype printing and transfer ink drawing processes in creating his images. He teaches at Provo High School.
“I’ve taught for more than twenty five years at the university, college, and high school level. This was not something I planned, I wanted to teach…but had no idea that I’d end up in a high school teaching reluctant teens to embrace new ways of doing and thinking in an environment that isn’t always so conducive to this end.
Finding a balance between my contribution as an art educator and working as an is kind of likely juggling fish while peddling down a cobblestone road on a unicycle. I can be done, but it’s a constant challenge. In my spare time, I actively engage in research where I strive to make meaningful connections between art, culture, and the human experience.
I’ve been extremely blessed to have form wonderful relationships with artists and art educators who are amazing and cause me to reflect upon my own practice within these areas. I find this desire to stretch, grow and explore makes it hard to say no to new opportunities to growth and to contribute to organizations and great causes.
If art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity, as Henry James stated, then it would seem that I love to linger in the shadows of life exploring the unknown and running into the new obstacles.”