Resident Artist Profile

* “…a canvas of stretched consciousness, she has without blemish, become…”


James Curtis, Resident Artist

James at work on a piece

And with these words, James merged his passions for poetry and painting with glass in 1997 under the tutelage of three renowned local legends: Robert Riggs, John Bennett and Jose Hinojosa. Based on the precept of applied expressionism on landscapes of fluid form, James excels in his ability to translate inspiration into an original piece of poetry from which he extracts and transfers its essence onto a sheet or body of glass. The artist takes thematic intangibles, such as love and loss, soul and sacrifice, and literally breathes them into life. By coaxing patterns and palettes, contours and curvatures, James guides his glass to shift shapes and mimic movements.

James was born in Songtan, South Korea in 1963. He speaks three languages and uses his multi-cultural heritage and experiences to explore and express through his art what he observes as the “4 tenents of existence – mind, body, heart and soul.” James has a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird and a half-dozen accreditations in applied communications from numerous learning institutes.

Select works are on public exhibit in Washington state, Las Vegas and South Korea. Installations are in several private collections across North America and northeast Asia. Ask a gallery representative for a complimentary copy of one of James’ original poems or visit the artist’s website at for captions of exciting new glass projects.


Glass mask by James Curtis

* excerpt from “MasterStrokes”, 1997