Jim Stallings is considered an artist’s artist. Fascinated with art and artists from a very early age, private painting classes at age eight started the course of Stallings' destiny. He earned a degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and then spent as much time as possible in the museums of London and Paris while earning a diploma from City University, London. Stallings then embarked on a backpacking odyssey for over two years that included more than five hundred miles in the Grand Canyon and the surrounding states ending in Denali National Park, Alaska. After four months in Alaska Stallings flew to Maui with only a backpack and a duffle bag where he began his artistic career.
Stallings hung his first early paintings in Maui restaurants which sold quickly leading to a number of gallery shows. He then opened his own gallery in Lahaina, Maui where he enjoyed the friendships he made with collectors from every state in the United States and all over the world.
Stallings has explored the relationship of music and pure color throughout his his artistic career. Deciding early on to pursue canvases of whimsy and purity, questions about the relationship of music to visual art led Stallings to paint live on stage with symphony orchestras including Maui, Long Beach, San Diego, Honolulu and the Russian National. Painting music as visual art was a defining moment in Stallings' career. He enjoys exploring the harmony of music and color and their positive effects on the human spirit, and has worked with world renowned scientist, conductors and musicians regarding the physics and energy of music.
After creating and selling more than two thousand original works of art, Stallings still pursues his love of painting music. He has also painted live jazz at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Napa and New York. Never complacent, Stallings continues to stretch his creative limits while sharing his passion for the arts.