Raleigh artist, Jim Hallenbeck has come a long way in just two years of embracing oil painting full time.
“I grew up in Catskill, NY. After majoring in Fine Arts at SUNY Plattsburgh, I transferred to Florida International University of Miami where I earned a BS in Art Education in December 1979. I was hired by IBM in September 1979 in Boca Raton, FL and transferred to Raleigh, NC in 1999. I retired as a Vice President from IBM in September 2014 and worked at Lenovo through January 2015. Through the years during my IBM career I continued to paint as time allowed.
“Beginning February 2015 I have devoted myself to my artistic journey full time. Since then I have completed more than 100 paintings. I have taken workshops from nationally know artists such as Nicole Kennedy, Dan Nelson, Dawn Whitelaw, Dan Beck, and Albert Handell.. I have been juried into 17 local, regional, and national shows and have won five awards. I have also displayed my work in eight other venues including local restaurants, library, country club, and the Carolina Today TV show. I have donated works to benefit organizations including Artspace, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, and Temple Beth Or. For my solo exhibition at Margaux’s restaurant (Oct – Dec 2016) I collaborated with Margaux’s and the Food Bank to donate 10% of my sales as well as food collection for the Food Bank. We raised $500 and delivered close to 500 pounds of food, other items for those in need.” -Jim Hallenbeck