By an act of fate James Blacketer was born into the world-renowned art colony of Laguna Beach, California on September 24, 1931. He was always aware of the art that surrounded him, which molded and shaped his sixty-seven-year painting career. Jim’s ability was recognized at an early age. At thirteen he won a statewide art competition and at sixteen his work reached national recognition when he exhibited in the Fine Art Gallery of the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to win many more awards and accolades throughout his career. In addition to his oil painting that continued throughout his life, he excelled as a graphic artist for the world’s largest outdoor advertising company through which his designs achieved national recognition. In addition, following his passion for all things beautiful, he was an antique dealer for many years. He is a listed artist in Who’s Who in American Art, The International Directory of the Arts, and Davenports Art and Price Reference.