Jim Strohmeier is a late-comer to the gallery scene. Although he has painted regularly throughout his long life, he only recently began to exhibit his work to the general public. In the overall lack of effective recession in space, in the occasional distortions, and in the generally flat, linear rendering of objects, Strohmeier's manner could be described as "naive" or "primitive." This characterization merely means, however, that his work has an unaffected charm and simplicity often lacking in artists traditionally schooled in the technical aspects of the craft. Nor is the "naive" aspect of his work either obvious or overbearing, as it often is in modern self-styled "primitives."
Jim is both a musician and an avid gardener – he grows many of the fruits, vegetables, and flowers that he paints - and his paintings embody the tender affection with which he regards his subjects. What the work lacks in technical polish, it more than makes up in its compositional intricacy and its richness of color. His still life compositions are packed but nicely balanced, and the colors, although harmonious, are striking. The latter effect is the result of the fact that the artist mixes his own paints. When I asked him once why he mixed his paints, when few artists today do so, he replied that he "just couldn't get the same intensity out of the tube." And "intense" Jim's work is indeed.