Jim Prindiville studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The American Academy of Art and the Illinois Institute of Design. He has been a professional, full-time fine artist for over 30 years. With his first painting trip through the West and Southwest in 1968, he was stirred by the land and the people. His experiences were translated into fresh, new subject matter that would ultimately change his life and artistic direction. Captivated by the rich and varied imagery of the region, he began to incorporate the drama of the West and Southwest into his work. Diverse desert vegetation, majestic mountains and infinite vistas became part of his painting vocabulary. He moved with his family to Arizona in 1984, and now resides in Cave Creek, Arizona among the soaring saguaros which he loves to include in his desert paintings.
Jim Prindiville is best known for the rich and vibrant colors he uses in his original acrylic paintings. He is widely recognized for his unique contemporary depiction of the Native American and desert landscapes. His paintings and commissioned work are highly sought after by his patrons and new collectors. Whether it be his vibrant desert landscapes, classic Pow-Wow Fancy Dancers, or his Noble Warriors with their colorful, traditional regalia, he strives to capture the essence of his subject matter. His inspiration is a result of his many travels from the Southwest desert to the Rocky Mountains.
Having worked for many years in watercolor, he is a signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society in NYC, and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Arizona Watercolor Association. Receiving over 100 honors and distinctions for his work, some of his accolades include: John Ernst Award, American Watercolor Society; Artists Guild of Chicago, Best of Show; Southwest Festival, Indio, CA, First Prize in Acrylic. Permanent collections include: Illinois State Museum, University of Wyoming, FMC Corporation, AT&T, United States Air Force, Scottsdale Insurance Co., and other numerous and private collections. He has had solo exhibitions with galleries in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, been featured in Southwest Art and Art Of The West Magazines, and is included in Who's Who In American Art.