James Koskinas is a painter, writer and actor, and co-creator of the film “The Twilight Angel as a well as a play, “Even if the Mountains Burn.” James lives, works and paints in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, Julie Schumer, also a painter.
Portraits are James’s primary theme, part of his quest to know the human condition. He attempts to paint as automatically as possible which is intended to bring forth elements of his unconscious. He adds layers of paint until the original painting has been covered many times, working at a rapid pace. He paints more than one piece at a time. Influenced by Native American mythology, Koskinas sees the role of the artist as akin to that of a shaman, trusting his instincts and freeing the figure from the customary restraints that painting imposes.
A chance meeting with a lost stallion on an Arizona highway set in motion Koskinas’s lifetime obsession with painting horses. Lately he has added a rider to his horses. The riders have become self-portraits and a search for unity between the horse and man.