James Joffe is an artist and teacher. A native of San Antonio, Joffe attended St. Mary’s University to study Political Science with the goal of going to law school.
While taking art classes at St. Mary’s, his love of painting began to grow. He rented a studio space to paint and began exhibiting his work regionally. After success in making and showing his work, Joffe decided to forego law school and pursue his interest in art. In 1997, he enrolled at Texas State University to continue his study of painting and in 2000 went on to graduate school to earn his B.F.A. in Painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Joffe has been teaching Art at St. Mary’s since 2002.
As a working painter, Joffe focuses on producing and exhibiting his work and has done so since 1994. He was selected to be in the Texas National 2010, a national exhibition juried by the highly acclaimed installation artist Judy Pfaff.
In February 2013 he had a solo exhibition at St. Mary’s where he exhibited 34 oil, color studies and digital drawings.
His art is influenced by the many visual stimuli sensed in the modern landscape. Focus is not on direct narrative, but rather his works incorporate visual influences for their elemental textural, rhythmic or color references. Joffe’s work is both spontaneous and controlled, using a process of direct painting and fluid glazes to build up layered shapes, colors and values to create complex and engaging spatial effects.