Jim Jennings is a retired IRS Special Agent who currently works part-time as the Business Compliance Officer for the Pittsylvania County Commissioner of the Revenue. As a youngster he spent many hours drawing pictures of houses and cars; he never had the luxury of receiving training in art or painting classes.
Upon his return from South Vietnam in 1969, he decided to try his hand at oil painting; his very first painting earned him a yellow ribbon during Danville’s Festival in the Park painting competition in the spring of 1970. After doing a few paintings (less than ten), his painting pursuits “took a back seat” to a career that had him moving around the country some seven times over the span of 27 years. Upon retirement from federal service, that interest in painting continued to “take a back seat” as Jim traveled for an additional fifteen years throughout the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean conducting some 350 law enforcement seminars.
His interest in painting and the love of creating images of nature and landscapes was revived in late 2014. In January 2015 he began painting with a group of senior painters as they audited an art class instructed by Professor Robert Marsh at Averett University; one of Jim’s first two paintings during that session won him an “Honorable Mention” ribbon at the Danville Art League’s 2015 “Members Only” spring exhibition.
Soon after joining the Danville Art League in March 2015, Jim was selected to become the Exhibition Chairman for the various shows the league sponsors; that role currently has him planning his fourth exhibition. He continues to enjoy painting when he can find the time in his busy schedule.