Artist • Captain • Waterman


Jim is an artist, a charter yacht captain and a lover of the ocean. He first studied art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and later received a Bachelor of Arts.

A stint as a U.S. Navy Officer confirmed his love of the ocean, an affair that has survived ship wrecks and shark attacks.

capt jim

Jim's paintings reflect a romantic life spent on or near the sea. Many of them, such as the wine Festival poster are visual lyrical ballads, telling a story or recalling a favourite feeling. Others attempt to capture one of the many moods of the ocean.

All of this is a part of the art.


"I am a situational artist" says Jim. "My art consists of creating situations with people and places - the visual art and the ambiance are all a part of the art. In Margaret River I have the time and the place to create lasting artworks. My works are a reflection and record of the 'situations' that I have experienced. The situational art is continued by having other artists here and by introducing visitors to the whole experience of art."

rehobeth beach

jim & roack art


Jim's quest for adventure and for subjects for his art has led to a series of amazing jobs in out-of-the-way places. These include General Manager of the Thousand Island Resort on islands north of Jakarta; GM Jembaran Beach Club, Bali; owner of restaurants in Noosa Heads, QLD and Kuta Beach, Bali; Regional Manager for the WA Tourism Commission and Commodore of the Charter Fleet for the America's Cup, Fremantle.

More recently, Jim has used his extensive experience working for the Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, in the southwest of W.A.


A desire to capture the fluidity of the sea led to batik and the art of Indonesia. Batik techniques are reflected in the wet on wet techniques as seen in his acrylic works.


jim and cyn

Together with Cynamon, and other Resident Artists, Jim enjoys welcoming visitors and Artists to Matan's Gallery and Lodge.

Cynamon Aeria

Jane Coe