George James, Goodbye

Posted March 14 2016

Oh, what sorrow I share with the whole art world at the notice of the passing of George James on March 5, 2016.

Lynn and I so enjoyed the visits of George and Isabel when they came to Creative Catalyst to film his three workshops:

We also filmed an interview between two beautiful souls, now both gone from us:  Lynn Powers and George James.    Interview with George James


Here is the Obituary for George James

February 16, 1932 - March 5, 2016


George Robert James - husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, teacher, mentor, colleague, painter, innovator and visionary - passed away on March 5, 2016. He was 84.


Born in Detroit, Michigan, George relocated to Costa Mesa, California in 1947. An art class in his senior year at Newport Harbor High School uncovered a natural gift for watercolor. Over the next sixty years, he went on to be one of California's premiere artists. He mentored generations of art students at Savannah High School, Orange Coast College, Golden West College and California State University, Fullerton, where he joined the faculty in 1968 and retired as Professor Emeritus of Art. His innovative use of the synthetic paper, YUPO, with traditional watercolor media inspired a new movement in the art form which artists now emulate. His award-winning work is featured in magazines, books, videos, workshops, collections and traveling exhibitions throughout the world.


His legacy lives on through Isabel, his wife of 57 years; daughter, Anne James, and husband, Michael Polak; son, Joe James and wife, Shannon; grandchildren, Emily, Sam and Thomas; and his brother, Leonard James and sister-in-law, Connie.


His family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Ratul Chatterjee, Dr. Robert M. Carroll, Dr. Lakshmi Shukla and the Pulmonary nurses at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach for their skilled and compassionate care of George.


A memorial service celebrating his remarkable life will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4pm at the Horticulture Gardens on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa, California.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to the George James Scholarship Fund, in care of the Department of Art at California State University, Fullerton.

Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 13, 2016 - See more at: